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. Justin

    Why not just make it easier to become a U.S. citizen or get a work visa? Why not try that instead of having a bunch of illegals getting paid under the table and taking jobs away from legal residents, not to mention being a strain on the healthcare/welfare system since they don't pay taxes but use benefits. I wonder how much law enforcement resources will be used enforcing this law when they could be going after drug traffickers.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. former state employee

    Funny part – guess which country deports more illegal immigrants then the US – that's right MEXICO. Its soldiers and police constantly rob, rape, and deport millions of central american (Honduras, Guatamala, Nicaragua etc.) peopl trying to pass through Mexico every year. I wish all the people protesting the US immigration policies would take a look at how Mexico treats illegals.. And then talk about the epitome of hypocrasy, the MExican Governement will talk and act one way with the US on the topic of illegal immigration, and have a compeltely different action for illegals in their country. But I guess when over 20% of your GDP is remissions from workers in the US, you kind of have to be like that

    April 27, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lucinda

    I agree with everyone's comments that people that are here illegally should prove their status. The real issue is on implementing this law. However, for decades government at all levels has turned blind eye to illegal immigration because big business has benefited from cheap labor. It is taxpaying and law abiding citizens that bear the burden because illegal immigration has burdened our schools, hospitals etc. A law shoud be passed to heavily fine businesses and indviduals that hire illegal immigrants. If the illegal immigrants can't find jobs, they will leave the country with their families on their own, which will remedy the issue of seperating families etc.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jorge Schwartz

    "You come to this land, rape, kill and relocate the natives and then have the audacity to believe you are the rightful owners of the Americas. I'm sad to call myself an american"

    Uh-PUH-HUHUHUHUH!!

    GET OUT THEN LOSER!

    April 27, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Buzz Lightyear

    Skyepapa 498
    You are not a democrat – you are an idiot!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Eric

    Boy, three thoughts:

    First, Mexico is issuing travel advisories about Arizona? The country that is being overrun by drug cartels, that cannot keep its police officers alive, that has whole towns being threatened with the death of their children if they don't pay protection, that country is saying Arizona is unsafe because it asks for proof of citizenship? Sort of like a hooker with multiple venereal diseases cautioning a teenage boy to stay away from a girl whose skirt is a bit short.

    Second, isn't it amazing how those who disfavor any attempt to protect against illegal immigration have created an inaccurate illusion and then argue against the illusion? They cry unfortunate and innocent travelers and citizens are likely to be harassed by the big bad cops and hauled away just because they weren't carrying multiple forms of identification. A scary scenario indeed. But an inaccurate one. Nothing in the law allows officers to demand someone's ID just for the heck of it; the officer has to have a reasonable belief the person detained is here illegally. And nothing in the law requires multiple forms of identification; the law lists several items including a drivers license or state-issued ID card. This is a classic case of a group - unable to argue that the real situation is bad - creates a fake situation and tries to convince people it is real and it is bad.

    Third, NOW Mexico tells its people to be careful about coming here? If they'd have done that all along there would be no need for this law.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joe

    If I am ever stopped and asked for identification proving my legal status I will shake officer's hand thanking him for doing his job.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joyful

    Lets just make all the Mexicans wear gold stars on there clothing and make them live in Ghettos, when there are too many we could gas them to clear the way for full blooded americans......Sound familiar? Good job Arizona! I'm sure the Good Lord is smiling down on you for the blessings bestowed on thy neighbor,,,,, Although history tends to repeat itself, let's not. There is a better way, seek and you shall find...

    April 27, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BK

    I've been reading a lot of stories on cnn, AP, etc.. on this bill, it's impact, and it's perceived impact but, in almost all of the articles and their associated comments the sticking point seems to be what legal documents means. I read the entire bill (I encourage the rest to do the same) and if I read it correctly, if your a legal resident with a valid ID/Drivers License, there is no problem. In AZ state issued ID's are tied to a data-base which contains your information. It's as simple as an officer requesting your ID, running it through the system and then your on your way. I have never been under the impression that I had a *right* to refuse to provide proof of identification when a LEO requests it. If I'm wrong, please provide a link or something that proves that I don't have to show ID when asked.

    I think the situation in AZ is much more complex then the 15sec snippets we get on news outlets but, those sensational headlines do push paper/e-paper I guess. I don't understand how folks who don't live in AZ and have never had to deal with the problems that illegal immigration causes feel required to postulate so much. AZ has been asking/begging/pleading with the Federal Government for a very long time to enforce the laws we have as a country and to fulfill their constitutional obligations and protect our borders to no avail. I don't know if it's apathy or incompetence but, the reality is something needs to be done and if not by the federal government enforcing their own laws/statutes then by who?

    I am not 100% in favor of all aspects of the bill but, I do know that enough is enough. Being in any country illegally is just that, ILLEGAL! I can not fathom why a government(local/federal) wouldn't enforce the laws they have designed and enacted, unfortunately that is exactly what our governments are doing. Crying about rising health, safety and social services costs but, not doing anything to stop some of the causes. I don't subscribe to the argument that "they are taking out jobs" and to be honest, I haven't heard ANYONE say that in AZ for a very long time. It's not about jobs. It's about community, safety, and rule of law.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jorge Schwartz

    "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."

    Because Mexicans want everything handed to them and aren't very bright.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JeffK005

    US warning to citizens planning to visit Mexico – Warning, you may be killed and/or decapitated.

    Mexico warning to citizens planning to visit Arizona – Warning, you may be asked for ID.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. friend

    Funny,
    when we go to Mexico, Canada or any where else outside of the United States we are required to bring our papers to show we are US citizens but when Arizona finally does something to try to put a curb on the illegals (yes, illegals no matter what illegal is illegal) no oone said anything about color or anything else not even the new bill but you notice how it is people from Mexico that are heading to the capital to protest. Illegal is illegal. Anyway, when they finally do something to try and stop the bleeding of the illegals they are threatened with all kinds of things. Tell me, what is the differance in americans being required to prove they are americans at the border then illegals being required to prove they are us citizens.

    Come here the right way. Pay taxes, social security like the rest of us do and there is no problem. The rest of the states will follow Arizona when they start getting the flood of illegals Arizona has had for over 30 plus years.

    Funny how everything is blamed on a Sherriff who is actually doing his job. Funny how the papers dont print the actulal facts that DPS has made the last stops including a semi full of illegals by one of those malls that is talked about.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. balls mcghee

    for all the supporters of this bill, pleae recite the 4th amendment and explain how this is okay.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Buzz Lightyear

    I agree with every post on here
    Every suggestion should be put into
    policy today – every one
    Get rid of the Jews, Catholics, Irish

    April 27, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. IaCheNeHe

    Thank you Schwartz for making my point.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
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