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. A

    You people realize illegal immigrants DON'T pay taxes, right? You want to pay for them? I don't. Get them out! Go ARIZONA!!

    April 27, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sid Bonfire

    The Mexican government has always favoured unhappy Mexican escaping to the U.S. over staying in Mexico and demanding and voting for change.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. AZ Visitor

    Chris – you would mind if you had darker skin and were constantly stopped on the street and in your car for no reason. And don't think this doesn't already happen. Google Sheriff Joe Arpaio to find out about his "sweeps" with his volunteer "posse." If you didn't happen to have your driver's license with you, you could be jailed in one of Sheriff Joe's tent jails while you tried to prove you are a citizen.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Please


    April 27, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. reasonable voice

    Okay, most everyone (including the state and fed government) are focusing on Mexican illegals. What about the thousands of illegal Asians, Mid-eastern and Eastern European nationals and Carribean? They also need to consider carrying their documents. In fact everyone should carry some sort of documentation (HELLOOO–DRIVER'S LISCENSE/STATE ID). There have been laws concerning illegal immigrants on the books for the LAST 75 YEARS PEOPLE-THEY JUST HAVEN'T BEEN ENFORCED thanks in part to a prosperous economy and not nearly as much terrorist plots. It's just the times. Europeans have been dealing with this issue as well as terrorism for alot longer than our upstat country of the United States. IF YOU ARE HERE LEGALLY- SUCK IT UP- IF YOU ARE HERE ILLEGALLY THEN START GETTING YOUR LEGAL STATUS STARTED. That is all the laws are trying to do. A WORD TO THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT–STOP BLAMING THE UNITED STATES FOR THE CORRUPTION OF YOUR OWN GOVERNMENT. TAKE CARE OF YOUR PEOPLE AND CRIME RATES AND MAYBE WE CAN GET ALONG. QUIT SENDING YOUR CRIMINALS NORTH OF THE BORDER AND THEN WE CAN TALK CIVILLY!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Charles

    I'm sorry, but after reading the comments by people who oppose this, I'm more convinced than ever that we need it. Not one of these people seems to actually know what they're talking about. If you get pulled over for speeding and you show the cop your license, you're cool. You don't need your birth certificate, you presented that when you got your license. Are there European illegals in the US? Sure. And if they don't provide ID they'll be in trouble just like the illegals from south of the border.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. AD AirForce

    This is my opinion... With our economy hurting so bad in the work force right now, if we take away all the jobs the illegal immigrants hold by sending them back to where they are from, then why not? Besides, just teh jobs they are taking, what about all of the violence from the drug cartel that is crossing over in to the US? Also, this isn't just for mexican immigrants, it's for any illegal immigrants in Arizona. Either way, the state took a stand, because everything else in place is not working... Is there a better option? Last thing, if you are here legally, why worry? Everyone should always have some type of ID on them at all times, whether is a drivers license or state ID...

    April 27, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nick DeLuca

    and why is everyone afraid to say illegal mexicans thats the problem not illegal brazlians or illegal guatemalans or illegal cubans the problem with america is illegal mexicans you all know its true why say illegal immigrants when illegal mexicans is the problem~!

    April 27, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Veronica A

    It is amazing to me the ignorance and hate that is on this post. What everyone seems to forget that WE are here illegally as the entire Southwest was land that belonged to the Native Americans and Mexico.
    It seems that everyone has left out the matter that this whole bill is based upon the notion that you can be pulled over and asked for "proof" that you are not here illegally.
    This is basic racial profilling. What would they say to meet me and my family that are fifth generation AMERICAN of Hispanic decent that are blonde haired, green eyed? We get a pass because we look different?
    Let's see what happens to the economy of Arizona when they cannot find workers to clean up after the lazy Americans and take care of the children they are too busy to pay attention to.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jon in Cali

    Failure to indentify is a crime for anyone. They write you a ticket. You take your ID to the courthouse, pay your $10 punishment and go home. If you ARE in the country illegally, you should either acquire a passport or get out. We have enough freeloaders in this country already.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ronnie

    The total lack of compassion from this countries "citizens" amazes me. Let us not forget that as Americans we are here legally becuse we took over this land, killed or relocated all who stood in our way and formed a government. The exuses for illegal MEXICAN reform finally has steam thanks again to the economy, sounds like the Great Depression all over again. I have a few questionsthough, exactly which jobs are illegas taking that a legal lazy citizen can't apply for. Which group taxes the healthcare system more illegals or lazy Americans who try to scam the system? and finally when there are no more ilegals will we then blame our neighbor for the crime rate, job loss, and overburdened health care system.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. history repeats

    Maybe they should make all non-citizen residents wear a Gold star on their clothes as well......

    April 27, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Alarmed

    Lets just make it easier if you're legal you could, I don't know put a gold star on your clothes or something....does no one feel this smells a little like a police state?

    April 27, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ben

    Oh yeah. Now I really want to join the law enforcement system. Imagine, anyone I can pull over for traffic violations or arrest for a suspected crime, I can ask them to show me proof of their legality. Won't matter to me what race they are, afterall, the U.S. is a melting pot and anyone could reasonably be here illegally. No racial profiling for me, just make sure you've got some I.D. with you showing that you're legal. No worries, a birth certificate, greed card, or passport will do. Maybe a valid driver's license, but that don't seem to be enough. Beware, all, it will be a standard for all, which should be to be fair.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Buy anything from Arizona

    Show your support – buy anything from Arizona no matter how small. I'll be planning a trip soon just to let them know I support their cause. Speak up with your wallets people and make this the squeeky wheel that's been a long time coming !!

    April 27, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
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