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. LegalinWA

    I welcome all immigrants to this great county – as long as they are legal. I live in a highly agricultural community and work in an industry where I must verify Social Security numbers, etc. A lot of these workers wanting to buy a home have two Social Security numbers. AND, they openly tell me that they "bought" one of them when they snuck over the border. We are expected to support this drain on our system and resources? Really? They earn the money, send it home, pay no taxes and then we support their family with free education, free meals, free medical and have to listen to them complain about their rights. Is it such a big deal to carry ID? Do it right or go home !!!

    April 27, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. minpin

    Americans don't have to worry about our country being defeated by war, it's being invaded right in front of us and our government is letting it happen. I wonder if we all started moving into Mexico illegally how long before the Mexican government stopped our invasion.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Corporal Punishment

    So american citizens now need to carry and provide proof to cops that they are here legally??? No thanks.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jeremy

    Michael, bottom line, if you're here legally, they'll be able to identify you...people act as if this is a Mexican Gestapo. It's verification of you NOT BREAKING THE LAW...como se dice ILLEGAL en espanol? By the looks of things down there, the word doesnt exist.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. A.Hamilton

    Consider the irony here: Mexico is insulted because the US is enforcing its own laws. It would be if I were telling my next door neighbor, You know, I'm really hurt that you won't let me trespass onto your property."

    April 27, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Esteban

    If this sticks (and I hope it does) then San Diego and the Cali border should prepare for a new shift in where the illegals cross. If we could just get Ahhhhnold to do the same maybe this problem will move to Texas! And Texans usally shoot first and ask questions later.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lizabeth

    Re #642- No Americans ever wanted those minimum wage jobs out in the blazing sun before, so what makes you think they'll want them now.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Carolyn

    For all of you who like to make this a racial issue. (1) My grandparents emigrated from Eastern Europe (legally) and never got to see their families again. It was financially not possible to set aside the funds needed to be able to bring someone over. They came here legally for a better life, and those who were able to set aside money for their relatives to come over. The rest had to deal with it. But if you are Mexican, you are somehow more entitled to have yoru relatives come to this country, legally or illegally, and if you do it illegally and someone complains, they are racist. (2) I currently live in a border city, and have lived elsewhere in this beautiful country. There is a trememdous amount of violence south of the border – and it is starting to spill over. Arizona enacted this law because Americans whose property the illegals were crossing through were being killed. This is a desperate attempt to stop the violence. Wake up to reality.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Paco Rodriguez

    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.

    I needed a birth certificate to get my driver's license, dip$hit!

    April 27, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chief -scalpthemsoon

    The SS in Arizona- lead by hermuhler rush limabugh, dumb kernel dj hayworth (the dog) and silly oma gov, brewer will lead the great arizona nazis into the deep abyss. The land as is fortold in ancient apache prophecy will be back to its rightful owners and washed of the sins of the pale face devil and its descendant european hordes.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeremy

    Sounds like Arizona fianlly wised up and started addressing the problem. How can we fix the immigration if we do not enforce the law? It is a crime to be in this country, or any other country illegally. Besides, this means that more legal citizens could end up with a paying job instead of collecting unemployment. Do you have any idea how many jobs are being done by illegal immigrants that could be done by honest taxpaying citizens? Because I know for a fact that illegal immigrants are not paying taxes.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JAB

    Then move to Mexico Brett and see how you are treated. How about sticking up for your country first?

    April 27, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. tij

    REASONABLE SUSPICION means the following:

    1) A person is stopped for a traffic violation, the police asks for a driver's license and the person cannot provide a valid driver's license, it is a fake license. This gives police REASONABLE SUSPICION that this person may be in the US illegally.

    2) A person rapes a woman. This person is asked for ID by the police but this person provided FAKE ID. This gives police REASONABLE SUSPICION that this person may be in the US illegally.

    3) An employer is audited by the state for hiring illegal immigrants. Investigation shows that some of the workers have FAKE SSN cards on file. This gives police REASONABLE SUSPICION that these workers may be in the US illegally.

    NO POLICE will just stop anybody in the street and ask for ID. That is a violation of the 4th amendment. People should be able to freely walk in the streets without being badgered by police to show ID. The minute they do that, that is a violation of the 4th amendment.

    The Police is NOT that stupid that they will waste their time stopping people off the street because they are brown. They would rather ticket people for speeding than do that.

    A lot of the laws are rarely enforced such as the shopping cart theft law, cell phone law, etc. Even if the police sees a person pushing a shopping cart in the street, the police will just IGNORE that person and will not arrest that person. You know why? Because, citing the shopping cart thieves will NOT make the police force any money. The stores do NOT want to testify against their customers. Therefore, the police would rather enforce laws that would MAKE THEM MONEY and it is a sure thing.

    If they randomly ask a brown person for papers without reasonable suspicion, they are just wasting their time and money.

    The governor said the law will not engage in racial discrimination and racial profiling. The police has to have reasonable suspicion that they are illegal immigrants and they cannot base that on PHYSICAL APPEARANCE alone or race. That is against the law. People should be able to walk freely in the streets without being searched for papers. That is a violation of the 4th amendment.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mr. Miller

    Stopped by police and required to present valid ID? Questioned about their origins and whether they are doing something illegal or not? Facing possible arrest if their papers are not in order? Hmmm. Are we talking about illegals.....or African Americans? Such events are daily realities for black Americans but CNN could probably care less about that. I'd like to see Rick Sanchez dedicate a week of programming to racial profiling of blacks.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. wade

    The obvious problem is the crooked-ass Mexican Government. We need to set them straight so that they quit exploiting their own people. If they could get a fair paying job at home, then they wouldn't be breaking the law and invading our country. I am very disgusted at the amount of illegals in this country and am glad to finally see people getting involved. Arizona should be praised for their new law(finally had to make their own law since Federal Law did nothing). Hopefully other states will follow soon. I consider myself a True American who cares for it's" American Citizens" no matter who you are or color of your skin. If you do everything the right way, your deserve to come here. If your first action in the USA is to break one of our laws, YOU DONT!

    April 27, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
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