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. Tigerfan

    If you are in this country legally you do have something to worry about–that is you do if you look Hispanic. Within our own country Americans do not carry around documentation that proves our citizenship or even that we are here legally. What we carry is a driver's license. You don't have to be citizen or in some cases in the country legally to obtain a driver's license. Persons from other countries visiting the US should carry documentation. The problem arises when Americans who look Hispanic are targeted.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chris in Calif

    People have been migrating with the herds, the agriculture and the seasons for 100's of thousands (probably millions) of years. People migrate east and west all over the world. Get used to it. Just because you put up a fence and say you have a government does not give you the right to haraass people on the move. That's rude and arrogant.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. contentarizona

    honestly, if its only bothering illegals, why all the hoopla? let them feel the fear, they are breaking the law.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tij

    There is NO racial profiling in this law! NO. NONE!

    For instance, everyday the police sees a bunch of brown people that look like migrant workers that are at the corner of 7-11 being picked up by the van.
    The police will not ask them for papers because there is NO REASONABLE SUSPICION that they are illegal aliens. Being brown and loading a van full of brown people do not make them illegal aliens.

    The right way to approach this is the police will have a mexican-migrant-looking undercover police that will hang out with these guys to see what the heck is going on. Now once the undercover police finds out that he is being paid under the table and the others are illegal, then the search for papers will begin.

    The police will not walk up to a brown person and search for papers. That will NOT happen. That is a violation of the 4th amendment. If the police does this, then sue their a$$e$$ because they are infringuing on your freedom.

    People should be able to walk freely in the streets without being searched for papers. If not, then that is a violation of the 4th amendment.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. patti

    Now, if only the remaining states would follow Arizona's lead.

    Illegal immigrants are not "Americans" as our government so wrongly states. They are hear illegally and should be sent back.

    Perhaps what the Mexican governmen should do is begin to create an organized country where their own people will be able to work and thrive.

    Hats off to Arizona for doing what our government has refused to do!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mike in MN

    Hurray for legalized racial profiling. Anyone who doesn't think it will happen is crazy. The cops have to suspect that you are in the country illegally, I'm pretty sure they aren't going to be suspecting those of us who are white.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Izzy

    This country was made of immigrants who came here illegally. I do not think that the Native Americans had a welcome sign for the people coming from England, Asia, Ireland or what ever other country that decided to come the America. Let's just add the other fact that the immigrants decided to take the Native Americans their land. So who is kidding who?

    The other issue is who is going to do the work that the immigrants are doing in Arizona, the legal citizens? Yea right. When was the last time that any Arizonan took a drive throughout the new constructions sites, Who is doing the hard labor jobs? Latinos, who is doing the landscape, Latinos, who is fixing your cars? Latinos.

    Since a lot of bloggers are in agreement with this law, I encourage all Hispanics and Latinos to leave the State of Arizona to show this governor how the economy would be affected.

    Sincerely, a U.S. Citizen who is ashammed of what has happen in Arizona, oh maybe the state should change its name to something more English sounding.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Patrick

    Buzz lIghtyear, I'm a democrat and I support this law, does that make me an idiot also??? The law is a good start to solve our illegal imigration. People forget that a Drivers licence or state ID card is proof of citizenship. This isn't a racial profiling law, its an immigration law.. get it straight folks.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bill

    March 6, 1836.
    On that fateful day, Davy Crockett woke up and walked from his bunk on
    the floor of the Alamo up to the observation post on the west wall.
    William B. Travis and Jim Bowie were up there already. The three gazed at
    the hordes of Mexicans moving steadily towards them.
    Davy turned to Bowie with a puzzled look on his face and said, "Jim, are we landscaping today?"

    April 27, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. James

    Here's a thought. Every single American, be they white, black, hispanic, asian, etc., etc, etc, we ALL have to give up roughly 25% of our income every year in taxes. Now. Depending on which number you go by, there's 15-20 MILLION people living in America that aren't legal citizens. So do the math. The rest of us, again, white, black, hispanic, asian, etc., etc., etc, part with easily $10,000 a year if not more, while 15-20 MILLION don't have to? So hey, if those 15-20 million people want to contribute to the funds THEY'RE USING, then who cares. But until that changes, adios! At the very least we're talking about $150 BILLION in funds that could go back into our bankrupt country. The only part of this that really matters is the lose of money. Whether or not an illegal immigrant is Mexican is irrelevant. Throwing a race tag on this is profoundly primitive and simply stupid!!! The only thing that it accomplishes is exactly what's happening in Arizona. Taking an already divided, anger nation and just making it even worse.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. i am from Houston born and raised TEXAS

    peopl r just racist natvie americans were here first (aka mexicans r the tru owners of this country whites jus took it)

    April 27, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jorge Schwartz

    "It is time to end the WHITE oligarchy in our Latino countries (THE MOST CORRUPT PEOPLE in Latin America).. It is time to take change our destiny in the US and rise up against the oppressive class (WHITES)"

    Sorry, but your fleet of junk-collecting pickup trucks will get steamrolled by our tanks.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Frank

    I recommend everybody to watch a movie made in the 1980s called "Born in East LA". Its a hillarious movie. The incident shown in the movie, I forsee it happening a lot in Arizona now.

    I am curious, If a policeman does stop somebody who is legal but has forgotten his papers at home, what will be the procedure? Will he be taken to the border right away. Will he be detained? will he need to place a bond? will the local police call USCIS and hand that person over to them. Arizona as a state has implemented this law but will Feds (USCIS) have enough manpower to deport people gathered by Arizona police, mind you lot of these people might be legal who may have forgotten their passport/Green Card at home.

    By the way, people who are caught illegally are put into removing proceedings, they are not directly taken to borders and dropped on the otherisde.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Travis

    It's not about whether you're legal or not. It's easy to say you don't mind if you're legal. But that's not even a very good argument. If you're legal, and you get stopped over and over again because of the way you look, that's just freaking annoying and abusive towards your civil liberties. LEGAL immigrants are against this because they know they're going to harrassed all the time.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. david

    #118..you got it right : if your an american citizen you have those rights and if your a mexican citizen then you are obviously not an american citizen therefore no USA rights. You are brilliant in your logic even though it goes against your grain and line of thinking, still you are right about the citizenship part

    April 27, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
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