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. Nancy

    I think it's great, every State should do the same. If you are legal you shouldn't have a problem and if you are here illegally you should be held accountable. In foreign countries we would have to carry identification. Even here you have to carry drivers license to drive and photo identification to get into many locations. I think it great.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tom

    Its about time ! Are you listening to the American citizens Cartoon News Network ( CNN ) LOL

    April 27, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gary

    Hmmm... It is a lot safer to travel in Arizona than it is to travel in Mexico. Getting deported is not as bad as getting kidnapped or gunned down.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pat McCaughan

    Is this nation not one respecting and enforcing "rule of law?"

    And why are we not hearing outrage about the protesters throwing bottles, cans, rocks, etc. at policemen? If those attending "tea parties" did such a thing, the media would be screaming!

    This whole debacle is a slap in the face to immigrants who came here legally, doing mounds of paperwork, spending thousands of dollars to become legal US citizens. They're caught right in the middle of this.

    SHAME on the feds for not enforcing this country's law and protecting our borders!

    April 27, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Darth Cheney

    Some idiots posting on this blog assume there are 2 types of people, legals and illegals. There is a third – legals who are/look Mexican. These are the individuals who will be unconstitutionally harassed, and if they ever forget to carry their papers, will be subject to wrongful imprisonment and deportation. Anyone who thinks that racial profiling will not be used to enforce this law is brain dead – there in fact is no other way to actively enforce it without racial profiling.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Moi

    illegals will just move to another state, then the issues emerge again

    April 27, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ivan

    Arizona, the Nazi Germany of America. Good job, Governor Brewer, for showing how hateful and racist the GOP has become. In the rapidly changing demographics of America, ou can kiss good-bye winning another election. God and history will judge you about what you did on Friday!

    April 27, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. z71truck

    Why should the US taxpayers continue to have to fork out for illegals. If they want to come here legally and become citizens, and pay taxes, i'm all for it. If they want to squat, collect freebies and then protest when we tell them to go home, F-em. I really think AZ missed the boat on their legislation and the door is open for racial profiling. This is not how America should act. The US govt needs to create a system that allows workers in, closes the border to illegals and drug dealers and gives the DEA and CBP agents the teeth to enforce it.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Darrell

    I suppose none of you have bothered to read about the effects of Arizona's 2008 fight against illegal immigration. The Arizona economy was so hard hit that politicians were forced to repeal the law. Notice that this law specifically leaves out employers, where as the first law was focused on those parties. Not like it matters, the effect will be the same, except both legal and non-legal hispanic residents are going to be scared off from Arizona, and when the economy is further impacted in an even worse economy you'll see these politicians rushing to repeal the law, after election season of course.

    The push for this law is in the name of attracting tea party voters for upcoming elections. It isn't at all well thought out and the effects will be very clear. But this is what happens when our politicos are more concerned about their job stability than what is in the best interest of their constituents.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mike Byrne

    Where are your papers? Welcome to Nazi Germany 1940! Brought to you by who else but the Republican Party! Heil mein Führer!

    April 27, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ofelia

    The issue is that this law is opening a door that shouldn't be opened: a door which can mean the virtual legalization of racial profiling. Yes, the law should not be broken, but this is not the way to deal with it. There are no clear cut descriptions of what constitutes a "reasonable suspicion" and it won't just be illegal immigrants being stopped. Legal immigrants and citizens of diverse ethnic backgrounds will be affected as well. As will the state as a whole. Opinion of this measure stretches to the states citizens... there are already talks of boycotting Arizona. Bad decision, Brewer.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Vickster

    Yes I got a passport to go to India, France, England, etc , but I didn't have to show it to prove I was a citizen or not. I show it to authorities to get in and out of the country. That's it.

    I can't see how they can enforce such a racially driven-law without racial profiling. They aren't going to stop white people and ask if they are citizens, let's just be honest here.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. George

    It's not the Illegals that will unfairly harassed It's the legal Mexican Americans or Mexicans that here legally that will be asked for ID probably numerous a week. How often wold you like to be asked for your driver license in a weeks time just because you look the part.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ryan

    It is a problem thanks the to 4th amendment. Yep right wingers, there are more than just the 2nd one.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bdub

    I'm an American, I've served in the militarty, I have 4th amendment rights and I do not have to carry "my papers" with me when I walk the streets of my country. Should I go to jail because I left my wallet at home when I took the dog for a walk?

    So blithely do you give up your rights, and for such a silly reason.

    Never mind the thousands of highly paid workers who legally take the good jobs, or the companies who send the skilled work overseas... Just focus on the most vulnerable and make them miserable (that's what big business relies on, your ignorance and knee-jerk reactionism).

    They commit no more crimes than the legal residents of the state and they probably bring more value, work ethic and decency to Arizona than the average Arizonan does.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
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