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. Al Sharptongue

    "Latinos will wake up and we will continue breeding".... How well said, Hurakan11:11

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

    I am traveling to Arizona in the next few months, and I will gladly take my birth certificate and SS card with me. Bravo Arizona.

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

    I am a conservative republican, who has been a huge supporter of Maverick McCain for years....but our party has been taken over. Arizona is on the fringe in bed with the tea party and has been headed that way for the past 15 years. Alll the migration into our state from the midwest area, mostly by older white conservatives has taken a toll on our state. Its a shame, please do not think all Arizonans are for this law.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. holding my sides

    I can see I am laughing so hard at the irony of it all. Mexican "government" warning people about coming here? Hey take a look at the 100s of people, all kinds of people being gunned down in Tiajuana and Sonora. THAT"s dangerous. Carry a passport. Get over it or get out of here. And take your gang bangers with you.

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

    Many of you are laughing. You won't be laughing anymore when Arizona's economy tanks due to (1) a labor shortage, and (2) capital flight. I also note that the problem is not that illegal residents may be expelled; the problem is that LEGAL residents may face harm. How many of you carry around proof of citizenship? Why should my tan-skinned, U.S. citizen neighbor be subjected to a greater burden of proof than I am as a white guy?

    April 27, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Alex

    Hurt the White Immigrants where it hurts the most.....their wallets.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jase

    This type of profiling can lead to a slippery slope, but Mexicans have been using our laws against us for a long time. Kick out the illegals AND their anchor babies!! As Malcolm X would say, "By any means necessary."

    April 27, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Daniel

    I don't like illegal immigration and I prefer to think of it as trespassing since that is what it really is. I think it is a problem for both the 'trespassed' country and the native country of the person illegally present there.

    Immigration, on the other hand, is a great thing and the history of the USA shows our strength comes from our diversity; which comes from immigration.

    The issue becomes what happens when an American citizen of Hispanic descent does not have any proof of citizenship on them. Does this mean you are automatically arrested? What about the issue of the fall against the separation of powers between the state and federal governments? Immigration law has always been enshrined as a federal domain in law... are we changing that?

    And mostly... what about the fourth amendment to the constitution part of what is commonly known as the Bill of Rights? There are specific guarantees in the Constitution that make this law very 'iffy'.

    "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

    You may NOT be asked for your papers unless there is reasonable suspicion you are committing a crime. Simply existing, looking a certain 'way', and being in a particular location does not satisfy 'reasonable suspicion' of any criminal activity and I guarantee the first time an American is 'tagged' by this law the Supreme Court will be the next step.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Denis

    I am Canadian by birth and naturalized American in 2003. It took me 4 years and a lot of hard work to become citizen, but it was worth it. However, this persistent queue jumping clearly sends the wrong message and encourages others to do the same.

    Other states should consider implementing same – espcially CA where this is truly out of hand and our state is in 26 billion dollar deficit. This illegal influx has done a lot of damage, and it might be too late to recover!?

    April 27, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Al Sharptongue

    #546 – will those tanks be stolen, Jorge?

    April 27, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joe

    Section (e) http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/8/usc_sec_08_00001304--000-.html

    April 27, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Brian

    People need to read the bill for themselves so they can understand it. If you commit a traffic violation and are pulled over or if you are approached because of other law breaking behavior your are required to show proper ID when asked by police. At this point if you can not produce ID you can be detained until you can prove who you are. Police are not going to just walk up to everybody who is not white and ask for papers like all the Pro-Illegal Alien groups want you to think.

    I live in Tucson Arizona and we are being over run and we simply cant afford to keep looking the other way when it comes to ILLEGAL immigration. If you want to come to the state of Arizona please do it legally. Thats all that we ask. Illegal is not a race its a crime.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kelli

    I am so sick of the excuse the no American wants to do the work that we let the illegals do. I hate this! My mother found herself in horrible situation, abandoned by her husband, trying to raise four children and had no work experience (as she had always been a stay at home mother). She worked two jobs scrubbing toilets and watching other people’s children to keep her family off welfare. She eventually was able to open her own business, buy her own home and successfully raise four law abiding, society contributing children. That was 20 years ago. I cringe at the though of what would have happened to us in today’s world. Those toilet scrubbing, nanny jobs are not available anymore because illegals are hired to do it. Unemployment is over 10%.....believe me, unemployed Americans will be happy to do those jobs!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Frank


    What ever you have posted, how do you know that police will do exactly as you have stated? Come on man be real.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. balls mcghee

    funny, everyone assumes Mexicans when they think of illegal immigrants. how about the german white illegal kid in Ohio who was a senior in high school and was almost deported after living here his entire life? the whole small town got together and fought for him to stay. i bet if he were mexican, the town would totally throw him out. nothing demonstrates real racism and prejudice like a true republican backwards bill. you betcha!

    April 27, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
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