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. Michael

    I love how mexicans, or latinos think that THEY are the only immigrants who come here illegally, or overstay their "visit"....

    Look at ALL the comments saying things like "if you have a tan, you're going to be profiled", or "all latinos will be targeted" etc... these people are pathetic... here in the Midwest we have a LOT of illegal WHITE ILLEGAL immigrants from Bosnia... they are just like the latino illegals.. they don't speak english, they use public services without paying taxes, will work for next to nothing.. etc..

    So if a cop pulls over a car full of BOSNIAN white immigrants who DON'T SPEAK ENGLISH (which is a requirement when you become a LEGAL citizen), is that considered "profiling"? or is it only racist profiling when illegal south of the border people come across and get busted?

    The people using the 4th amendment haven't got a clue, since the supreme court ruled YEARS AGO that a cop can pull you over, or ask for ID and this is NOT a violation of the 4th ... only if they CONFISCATE or lay seizure to your things, or person.

    Werd to the wise, memorize your social security, DOB and name lol... then you won't have to carry around your birth cert, or drivers/personal ID.

    If you are ILLEGAL and don't have a valid Social Security number, name/DOB, or government approved ID, time to go!

    April 27, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Nick DeLuca

    wow arizona what a great state im a white dude in nebraska and my state gives illegal immigrants scholar ships to college u think I can get a scholar ship hell no im legal and a white dude!

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

    Great! Ten dollar heads of lettuce on the way! I can WELL afford that. Way to go, Arizona!!

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

    Stop spreading LIES Cristina- you said " 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." READ the BILL and the LAW. Racial profiling is illegal.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. carol craddock

    thank goodness someone has a brain in this country, and it is a woman,and one that is willing to do what is right, she is a strong woman and a smart one, she seem to be the only one in this country with a back bone.i am an american that is very proud of you.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. The Shadow

    Harrassed? How about not putting yourself into a position that will get you harrassed such as a crime or a traffic infraction...hmmm...seems to me all the ones complaining about this great law is the fact that possibly many people will get caught in the act of being here without proper documents, which indeed will get you locked up in another country. That being said, many counries (most) have the same kind of laws, your most likely ok unless you bring undue attention to yourself such as a crime or traffic infraction. How about this, stop breaking our laws, stop trying to bleed the people of this nation to death with your free service requests, get in line, just like the rest of those who would like to work here etc. Since when is it acceptable to skip past all those doing it the right way, just because you hold up a bunch of signs or stage a protest does not make it legal, still, there are some and lets call it what it is, dumb people out there that just don't get it and continue over and over to try. Well guess what, we have enough workers to do our own work, and stop with the "They do the work others in the USA do not want to do or it's bebeath them to do that kind of work" bit, the companies that hire these people are the one's passing out that story and it's getting real old and worn out. There are plenty of people that need entry level jobs or perhaps do not have the skills for a high paying job and if offered would work. Get over it, we are.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Al Sharptongue

    YOU CAN"T GET A DRIVERS LICENSE OR STATE ID WITHOUT EITHER PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP OR THAT YOU"RE HERE VISITING LEGALLY. WHY IS THIS SO HARD FOR THESE DUMBASSES TO UNDERSTAND?

    April 27, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Brady

    Analyzeit,
    We aren't just talking about Mexicans in America, we are talking about Americans in America. Would you be offended if you were pulled over and arrested because you didn't have proof of your citizenship?

    April 27, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Patrick

    This is not a race issue! This is a imigration issue! Stop making this about race. The Police are not going to stop every hispanic looking person, that is ridiculous to assume so. The Police MUST HAVE probable cause to ask for papers. That is how the Law is worded, plain and simple.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Carter Sherline

    There has already been problems and there will be many more. This unconstitutional law gives police unrestricted authority to stop people because they don't like the way they look. That is not what this country was founded on. Better to open the borders and use the resources to deal with violent crime and people having their rights violated...in other words jail those who would do what this law says.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. FLcynic

    It's already illegal for any adult in this country to not carry a driver's license or state issued ID card. Most states, when they issue duplicate birth certificates, provide 2 copies. One copy is original sized, and the second is wallet sized.

    Arizona's new law can be enforced, without profiling, based on an individual's behavior. For instance, if you see a law enforcement officer, and abruptly turn around and walk in the other direction, that's suspicious behavior. If you're driving, and a police car comes up behind you, and you panic, or speed off, that's also suspicious behavior.

    People freaking out over the passage of this legislation are doing so, without thinking about it and/or without actually paying attention to what the legislation says. The state of AZ already knows they can be sued, if they screw up, and violate a citizen's civil rights. However, a citizen exhibiting suspicious behavior would be detained, until they choose to cough up proper documentation. If you fear being asked for documents, all you have to do is carry them, just as I have to carry with me my driver's license and vehicle registration, everywhere I go, along with my health insurance card, in case someone else's stupidity or carelessness lands me in hospital.

    What AZ should do now is pass additional legislation that requires citizens to pay (per diem) for their jail stay, if they refuse to provide proof of citizenship, when asked for it. That would shut-down the loud-mouthed protesters that intend to inundate the system, when this law goes into effect.

    Illegal aliens have no rights, civil or otherwise. The Constitution only applies to American citizens. Put that in your pipe and smoke it!

    April 27, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. TMR

    You people may say you are legal, but prove it. Unless you're walking around with your passport or birth certificate, you have no proof of citizenship.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tom

    Elizabeth, you must be kidding. People violate US law to move here and then we should worry about them being shipped home because while here illegally they establish relationships? What about the guy that robs your house? He's probably got a family, too. Sorry, but your argument just doesn't hold water.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. LiM-Centereach

    It's not against people of a Latin Background. It is against ANYONE HERE IN THE U.S. ILLEGALLY. Get it through your head(s). It is against the law to be living/working in the U.S., without proper legalization documents.

    How dense....

    April 27, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tanya

    Wow... The rest of the states must follow. It works! That was easy! I support the ARIZONA BILL!

    April 27, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
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