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. tanglebox

    It's like LA a decade ago when the police force started harassing/arresting black people for being "black" to weed out gang bangers. The LA police ended up pissing off good people and the entire community. This obviously back fired and it took a riot and a new approach of cooperation with the people & community to ease the crime rate. AZ will find this out soon enough.

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

    Yes, the message is clear, if you are in Arizona (like all other Americans) you must carry identification with you to prove you are a legal resident. I don't see what the problem is. The only ones who should be angry about this new law most likely are here illegally anyway.

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

    #567 The President of Mexico should take care of his corrupt country first.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jump'n Bean

    Unforetunatley, the Mexican government stopped short of telling all it's illegal citizens to return home immediately. It's disappointing. The Mexican government is well aware of the hundreds of thousands of illegal Mexicans in the US but does not encourage them to return home and seek legal entry in to the US. Tall fences make good neighbors.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. hub123

    If you are here legal you have nnothing to worry about...I dont mind proving I am an American.....I hope they catch all the greasy little bastards that are here illegally...Bring our troops to the Rio Grande and fight for our country not Iraq or Afganastain...

    April 27, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Maria

    I wish all immigrants legally and illegals would not work for one day.. for you white folks can see how fast your country would come down....

    Thanks to the white folks.... being all KKK... the situation has gotten to this extreme...

    Back in the dayz in the 1950's they use to bring man from other countries to work becuz the white man could not do it! Stupid...

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  7. yeah u heard it

    @ comment 367
    goes to show you how dumb people are (Julie Moore) you said "African Americans" really? How are we illegal again? dumb broad

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  8. analyzeit50

    The Constitution of the United States does not apply to non-US citizens, especially illegals. Even though some people think it does, it does not and never has. So, why all the fuss?

    April 27, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Steve

    I think that it is about time! If you are in this country legally you have nothing to worry about. If you are illegal either go home and come back the right way or go home and stay. If you are illegal you are using up this countrys resources and not paying anyting back in the way of taxes. Your children are in our schools and running down our school systems while your children get a free ride on the taxpayers of this country. If you come here legally, pay our taxes and obey our laws we are glad to have you. If you are not here legally, dont pay our taxes and obey our laws GO HOME! Congrats. Govenor!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Alex

    Actually, it IS a problem for those of us who are legal. First off, how would you like to be stopped, purely because you "look illegal"? And what does that mean, anyway? I'll tell you what – it either means you're not dressed terribly nicely or, more likely, you have brown skin. Don't kid yourselves – this law is specifically targeted at Mexican immigrants (duh), and a lily-white person is very unlikely to be stopped.

    So what is now in force in the United States is a law designed to encourage (even obligate) police officers to stop individuals purely because of the color of their skin. That may not be the ultimate reason – they are searching for illegal immigrants – but it doesn't change the fact that people are being stopped for the immediate reason that they are dark-skinned. That's a serious problem in a society that is attempting to heal the wounds of past racism, and not create new ones.

    More sinister is the precedent this sets. This law requires a certain portion of the populace to carry identification at all times. Tell me – do you have identification proving that you have a right to be in the United States? Do you carry your Social Security card with you at all times? How about your passport? Your driver's license may not count – you don't have to be a citizen to get one, and, depending on the state, proving residency and, of course, driving competency may be the only requirements. There's also the small matter that not everyone knows how to drive...a good number of New Yorkers, for example, don't. So now we have a law that specifically requires people to carry papers with them at all time. What's to stop other Americans from then being required to carry their identification with them at all times?

    The nastiest problem with this, of course, concerns the nasty associations that police stopping people for their papers – especially a designated subset of the population – carries. Wo sind deine Papiere? was the Gestapo's favorite phrase: "Where are your papers?". A blog I read put it best through withering sarcasm: "That's so cumbersome, the system they're going to implement. Why not just make them wear something on their clothes, like a gold star or something?". Exactly.

    People complain about health-care reform and taxes destroying America, but they aren't. What truly DOES threaten to destroy American liberty, the touchstone of what it is to be American, is a repressive law like this one. You know you have problems when most people speaking about the law are speaking out against it, and the President of the United States, is actively seeking its repeal

    April 27, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Erin

    Fact: People entering this country illegally belittle and slight the efforts of those who worked hard to get here legally. It doesn't matter what country you are from, if you want to come to the US, do it legally. Apply for a visa and a green card like everyone else. It ticks me off that the first thing these people do upon setting foot in this country is to disrespect our laws, our system, and our way of life. They adopt an attitude of entitlement and believe we should hand them everything on a silver platter. Sorry, I have no sympathy for them. The Coyotes can have them.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. TC

    ARE YOU F@#@#NG KIDDING ME???!!! Mexico is issuing a travel warning TO THE U.S.??!!

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  13. Jim in NC

    What's all the fuss? Arizona didnt make any new laws, they are just requiring their police officers to enforce the laws that are already on the books!

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  14. IaCheNeHe

    I forgive you all, Peace out.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mike In Georgia

    I really enjoy Rick Sanchez but its pretty clear he is determined to press the illegal agenda through his program. I guess I'm late but it seems Rick's segment is basically a Latino program.

    Maybe I'm missing something but I feel this law is designed to protect our citizens and secure the nation's borders. How many years has the U.S. looked the other way while Mexican drug cartels imported tons of cocaine into the states each year. Illegals are running rampant. We have no control over our borders. Aren't we fighting a war in the Middle East while this situation is brewing?

    Illegals are illegals. Every nation has the duty to enact measures that ensure the safety of its citizens. Coddling potentially dangerous illegals any further does not make anyone safer.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
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