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. Shannon

    So... when did common sense go out the window? When I'm travelling outside the United States – it is expected that I will have my passport and documentation on hand. So, why should that not apply to those travelling in the US outside of their country of origin??

    April 27, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. HelpUs

    hey ALARMED

    weren't you a little alarmed when our communist goverment FORCED Heath care down your throat, or do you just believe everthing this CORRUPT government is telling you?

    April 27, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Taco Taco Burrito

    "Screw Arizona. If we can't be in Arizona then I would like to see anyone from Arizona go to mexico now."

    No one wants to go to Mexico, loser!

    April 27, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Maria

    For "KIM"'s response, who says she never carries any ID to prove she's a legal American....ARE YOU REALLY THAT STUPID OR WHAT? If you drive a car here, then you must carry and show a driver's license at all times. If you go to the doctor or any other number of places, you must give them your social security card or hospital/insurance card. If you go to ANY other country as an American, you must carry a legal and valid passport at ALL times. Where were you born anyhow? It's only morons like you who don't take the time to educate yourselves, are what's taking down my precious country. Why don't you just leave, as you provide absolutely nothing to this great nation other to help destroy it??

    Maria –a 5th generation PATRIOTIC AMERICAN...of Hispanic descent!

    April 27, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. brownrxmd

    In response to the post about not worrying about being kidnapped in Az, actually Phoenix has the highest kidnapping rate in the nation, due to drug cartels and human traffickers, which are in Az illegally. Ever been in an accident involving an illegal immigrant, poor fellas don't carry insurance, so you have no recourse but to suck it up. I wonder how many crimes against illegals go unreported, spousal abuse, rape, child abuse, etc because of fear of being booted out the slums back into, well the slums of Mexico. Sure, law enforcement may profile, but profiling isn't illegal. Everybody is profiled, by age, race, religious preference, sexual preference. My wife looks 'unamerican' but she graduated from the Air Force academy, her dad is Irish upteenth generation, her mom Native American. I'm as white as a East Tennessee hillbilly can be, do I get profiled? You bet! My accent in Arizona is like Superman on earth. People are just nicer to me, back in Tn though, I'm just another hillbilly. Those who are worried, should be, it's like gun control, those with felony records throw a fit or background checks and so called 'gun control', it's really gun ownership control, and I'm fine with that. Yeah sure hispanics will feel the blunt of this, so maybe they should catch a flight to say New York, or Georgia where they don't have such laws,,,,oh that's right they're sneaking in,,,,

    April 27, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ONEOFUS

    I am sure this signed bill wont go into effect, 90 days is more than enough time to kill it in our courts. Don't be affraid, sooner than we think, the President of the United States will be a LATINO.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tanya

    How about boycotting Mexico. People get killed there in the broad daylight. Mexican government should better focus on the out of control drug war in the country.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Buzz Lightyear

    We need to get rid of all those horse and buggy people.
    The are not American either.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. derek

    All this law says is that during the coarse of their job, for example during a traffic stop that they are required to determine a persons status. It doesn't give cops the authority to say "hey you have brown skin show me your ss card". If it did authorize that you can imagine how quickly someone will be wrongfully detained and file a lawsuit.

    Don't believe the media hype that says this authorizes random stops.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Alexandria

    I can't believe I live in a country that will allow Arizona to do this. This is against peoples constitutional right. This is racial profiling and I am embarrassed. What is next, the government will start stopping everyone on the street that has an accent and may be from another country. Hey, why not Russians, Israelis, South Americans, Africans, why stop. May be if we get really lucky the government can start implementing bar codes in our arms so they can just scan us. WTF Really.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jose Chavez

    I'm a Mexican and I'm here ILLEGALLY. CATCH ME IF YOU CAN!!! HAHAHAHA

    April 27, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CodeMonkee

    I think the question that needs to be asked is whether Arizona will lose more in Mexican tourism dollars or in the costs associated with illegal immigration. It sounds like the latter, so issuing a warning to tourists is a moot point.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. about time they leave

    cam we have an amen? about time we get rid of them low life scu m

    April 27, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Srnka

    Did anyone notice the foreign ministry's "may be harassed and questioned" comment? Since when did asking someone for their credentials fall under the category of "Harassing"? Are Americans "harassed" when they are asked for credentials when they go into Mexico??? GIVE ME A BREAK!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ROJOBULL

    We should have a travel advisory for ALL of Mexico. And please, Florida, please follow suit.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
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