April 27th, 2010
02:07 PM ET

Mexico issues advisory for Arizona

Mexico's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday issued an advisory to Mexicans living and working in Arizona following the signing of a controversial law to stem illegal immigration in that state.

In Arizona "there is a negative political environment for migrant communities and for all Mexican visitors," the advisory states.

The new law requires Arizona police to determine whether people are in the United States legally if there is a reason to suspect they aren't.

Although the new law doesn't go into effect until 90 days after the close of the state's legislative session, the Mexican government advised its citizens in Arizona to begin carrying all immigration documents with them immediately "to avoid needless confrontations."

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, signed the controversial legislation into law Friday. Supporters say it is needed to control illegal immigration.

The advisory points Mexicans in Arizona to the state's five Mexican consulates for legal advice if they feel they have been subjected to abuse by authorities.

"As long as no clear criteria are defined for when, where and who the authorities will inspect, it must be assumed that every Mexican citizen may be harassed and questioned without further cause at any time," the advisory states.

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  1. Patrick

    Hey folks, for the thousand time, Drivers licences are legal proof of citizenship!!!! They really do need this law in california!!

    April 27, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. CBC

    This law doesn't say "non-US citizens must carry proof of legal status" or "latino-looking people have to carry proof of legal status". It requires EVERYONE to carry proof of legal status. How many of you have a notarized copy of your birth certificate in your pocket? How many of you carry a current passport with you at all times? If you don't, you are subject to arrest in Arizona. If the police only check Latinos, they will have more harassment lawsuits than their court system can ever handle.

    And as for all of the comments about violence in Mexico, the blame for much of it is directly traceable to the US appetite for illegal drugs. Stop the drug trade, stop the violence.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. hybrid_t

    Oh no! The Mexicans are going to stay home! I'm sure they will be sorely missed. That'll show those Arizonans. Ha, the last laugh is on you, Arizona.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Glenn

    Where is the sympathies for the family of the farmer killed by a suspected drug dealer crossing the border? Quit taking the focus off what the real issue is here- protecting our countrymen and women by taking some form of action to curtail illegal immigration.

    Where's Mexico's government helping with this problem? They can care less about it because the illegals that make money here take it all back there.

    Quit complaining about profiling too. If you're here illegally, you'd have nothing to whine about if you did what's called "FOLLOWING THE RULES" to come here and work legally. I applaude Gov. Brewer for sticking to her guns with this. It may cost her reelectioin but at least she acted, unlike the federal government did...oh, wait, they haven't done a thing about this. What's it going to truly take to give illegals the point to following the guidelines? How about land-based CIWS Gatling gun mounts along the border walls?

    Quit whining!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. GoodDem

    As a Democrat I don't like to see all our over crowded schools, hospitals and jails because people are illegally using our resources. I'm looking forward to seeing if Arizona's public infastructure will improve next year.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ramesh Manghirmalani

    They should check State Nationality of Arizona people in Mexico

    April 27, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MSM

    The more I think about this law the more it bothers me. It will be ruled unconstitutional for a couple of reasons.As an American Citizen I am not REQUIRED to carry proof of citizenship and therefore cannot be compelled to produce proof of citizenship and I cannot be detained for that due to my constitutional right to the presumption of INNOCENCE.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Carl

    Tell you what...let's have a nation-wide referendum on the ballot this November and see where this "debate" really is. If we find that Americans overwhelmingly favor actions like this, then let it become federal law, and require the executive branch to actually enforce it. And if it's deemed unconstitutional, then let's begin the process of amending the constitution. Enough is enough. We need REAL change, not just lip service from the current regime.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. i am from Houston born and raised TEXAS

    america needs immigrants if it wasnt for these illegas working here for these white people would panic about who's going to cut my grass ,whos' gona raise my kids .and whos gona clean my house. face the truth this country was mexico's land first. the true illegals are the u. i mexican i agree that they need documentation to be here but thier going about it the wrong way. ok if all illegals and legals people ( i should say mexicans ) stopped working for a week u think these lazy americans would pick up a shovel or cut their own grass or do any kind of hard labor no they would'nt. Why cause they depended on us for far to long and now they want us gone. the usa would be shit if it wasnt for hard working hispanics.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Skyepapa

    I am a democrat and I love this bill. If we aren't to enforce a law then take it off the books. Don't blame Arizona, blame the US government for not having the spine to enforce their own laws. Once they repeal the law that establishes guidelines for legal immigration and allow people to move across borders unencumbered by process, then Arizona can back down. But as long as the feds keep refusing to enforce some federal laws, but not others, Arizona has no choice but to act on its own. Can you imagine if the feds didn't enforce their own laws on theft, extortion, battery? People would be outraged. So why is it Arizona's fault they feel equity is best served by enforcing all the laws instead of just cherry picking? I've heard both liberal and conservative media report that there is nothing in the Arizona bill that isn't' already a federal law.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joshwah


    April 27, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. kimmyd

    I sent my daughter to Italy last year as a foreign exchange student. Not only did she have to carry her passport everywhere, she had to show that she carried her own health insurance plus an extra policy, residence license (100 Euros), proof that she would not be supported by the Italians which meant that I had to have 1,000. in a bank account for every month she's there (6 months), and proof that we had contacts waiting in the town where she would be living. Oh, and her student travel VISA had strict dates which if she left any sooner or later than her promised dates, she would be arrested. I guess you feel my popsitin on immigration.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Just follow the Law

    Looks like it is starting to work before the 90 days. I live close to Canada and I can't go there without my papers. Why is this so unbeleiveable to us.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. RiddleMeThis?

    Last time I checked, Arizona was the state with the highest rate of kidnappings in the nation. But I guess immigration enforcement is the priority, not locating the missing persons or bringing to justice those that commit the crime. Ask yourselves how you personally are affected by this issue and you may see we have bigger fish to fry.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jd2408

    If we had a biometric national ID card this would solve the problems.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
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