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. Mr. W

    Any people actually traveling to USA LEGALLY from Mexico have money and are educated, law abiding citizens. They have attended school and just like traveling anywhere in the world will carry their passports.

    So, if your coming from Mexico legally you most likely A. will never be asked to show your passport and B. Will have it on you. So why a travel warning Mexico if your law abiding citizens are not doing anything wrong?

    If your an illegal immigrant and have ZERO RIGHTS IN THE USA, well this law was invented so that you understand that in the USA we have a law system that EVERYONE must abide by. There is NO option – this is what keeps our society working, safer and functioning.

    This travel warning is a slight joke in my opinion.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Patrick

    Folks, the police need probable cause to ask for ID.. they just don't randomly do this. Stop trying to make this a race issue..

    April 27, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Grant

    He issued an advisory because we are going to prosecute those breaking the law...? Something just doesn't add up here. Go Arizona. Mexicans are no exception to the law. If you aren't hiding something (like being illegal) you have NOTHING to worry about. I guess the mexican president issued this statement to the illegals.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Anna

    The truth of the matter is when you go to the store and buy apples for 89 cents the reason your getting them so cheap is because they paid migrant workers WAY less than any American would accept as a days pay. That's just the way it is. Most of these people simply want to come here and work hard to support their families and stay out of trouble. My Dad works constuction and a lot of people he works with are legal and illegal Mexican immigrants and he said they work ten times harder than most of the American guys he works with for way less. I think this law is just a way to bully Mexicans. But if this is what you want then I don't want to hear you whine and cry when you have to go pay 5 dollars for a pound of apples.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Paco Rodriguez

    "What are you going to do? Take every illegal out and shoot them?"

    No, turn them over to the Mexican drug lords who will shoot them.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Brady

    The real issue here is not one of legal vs. illegal its an issue of race. This law makes legal the targeting of a racial group regardless of their legal status. This is discrimination and in my opinion a violation of the 14th Amendment. No American citizen should be required to show proof of their citizenship regardless the color of their skin.

    While I will acknowledge the tide of illegal immigrants is a problem especially in the border states, this is not an American solution to the problem. It is fascist, racist, and unjust. We as a nation are better then this.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. analyzeit50

    Goss, people having to actually carry legal ID with them? What a concept. When visiting Mexico, all Americans have to carry ID and proof that they are legally in Mexico. Why is Mexico so upset that Mexicans now have to do the same thing in America?

    April 27, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Skip matyear

    I frequently travel in Mexico and must have my US ID papers at all times. Road check stops are located all over the cvountry not just near the border. Why should the US be different. Skip

    April 27, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. minpin

    I hope all the other states are listening and past this law. If i can't go to another country illegally why do illegal aliens think they have to right to come to ours and take advantage of our health care and social security programs without paying one penny in taxes. Thank God someone has started waking up and taking action.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joy

    All those crying about this bill passing would hold their tongue if they would actually look into the facts, like the percentage of illegals in our very overcrowded jails, the bill for jailing those illegals, the hospital bills for all the illegals, the government handouts for illegals, the expenses thrusted upon our underfunded schools to accomodate their children that can't speak English, etc. Many states are facing layoffs and furloes. Have to wonder how their budgets would look if they didn't have so much expenses related to illegals!!

    April 27, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ohiogrrl

    To all of those who say, if you're "legal," you have nothing to worry about; thing about this: What if someone decided to pass a law that says the polce have the right to search your person, your car or your home if they suspect an illegality. Are you suggesting it is then OK for them to enter your home without a warrant? After all, if you have done nothingg illegal, you have nothing to worry about! What better way to stop crime than to allow police towilly nilly enter homes and make sure NO ILLEGAL activity is going on. If you aren't doing anything illegal, you would have nothing to worry about!

    April 27, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Gil

    It's the same scenario if the US had potato farmers from Alabama and West Virginia illegally migrating to Canada looking for a bailout. But the US does our part in making sure our citizens do not leave the country illegally. Its an economic point of view people not racial! These darn liberal so-called lawyers make it worse than what it is! Economics! My kids' public education is rotting away because my tax dollars is being spent on bilingual books and teachers!

    April 27, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cristina

    Seriously. Some of the so-called Americans making comments on this forum should first learn ENGLISH. "Sunshine," how about learning to SPELL, for starters?

    Nobody is saying that it's OK to be an illegal alien. That is not what is "new" about the Arizona law. What's new here is that the police is supposed to go up to people who they think might LOOK illegal and make them prove otherwise. That, my friends, is racial profiling. Clearly, they will be going up to people who LOOK Mexican (even though there are many more Canadians who are here illegally). And, yes, it will be wrong - if that person happens to be sitting somewhere with his family or minding his own business - for the police to have the right to ask them for their license simply because of the way they look.

    I don't think the law is constitutional. But, of course, before the Supreme Court decides that, some poor guy or gal will have to be stopped and asked to show his license because of the color of his skin.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lisa

    For the people who are leaving comments stating the DL is proper ID of citizenship.......you are stupid!!!! Us latino americans are going to need to carry birth certificates and or social security cards.And yes, be fair and check the documention on evryone, not just latinos.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Wonders

    Great! Ten dollar head of lettuce on the way. I can WELL afford that! Good job, ya'll!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
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