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. Shane

    Kelly, Kim, Skippy,
    Every US citizen carries proof of citizenship everywhere they go and are asked for it when we do something wrong like run a traffic light or get caught transporting drugs. If someone is here illegally and gets stopped for breaking the law, then lets give them a ticket – back to their country; south of the border or overseas. I think it's clear a lot of people are tired of the impact of their using our social services, etc. and not paying into the system, as we all have. I applaud Az for no longer waiting for help from the Fed gov't who clearly has not made this a priority.

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

    Can I tell you how many of my Hawaiian brothers & sisters who live in Arizona (and some other southern states) have been discriminated against for years?????? Yes, many Hawaiians look Hispanic obviously– you know, that dark skin & dark hair & dark eyes thing. Last time I checked, Hawai'i was a state in the United States of America and Hawaiians were U.S. citizens, but you would never know it by how some of my friends have been treated. They get stopped for no reason.... and then they get accused of having a fake ID & not really being Hawaiian. One braddah actually had a cop tell him he should carry his "passport & immigration papers". Hello, he's a U.S. citizen for Pete sake! He's not from some foreign country. He has NO immigration papers. So it's not bad enough that the U.S. military illegally overthrew the sovereign Queen of Hawaii & confiscated the lands, now we have to deal with this stuff too. Auwe!

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

    Think about this, if we stanby and let anyone who wants to come into this country, we(ALL AMERICAN CITIZENS) will become a MINORITY in our own country!

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

    come on guys lets get it over race agenda, the congress should work on an amnesty and once all the illegals here become legal. let usa enforce the arizona law in all the state. warn people in their own country that once the cross the border illegaly and will be caught , they will go to jail, let usa have federal police like france and england that enforce immigration law,

    April 27, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Buzz Lightyear

    and the catholics, what about all them
    and the indianns- lots of them still left

    April 27, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Al Sharptongue

    Just wait until the Mexican drug gangs gain a foothold in Arizona, creating a North Juarez. A few kidnappings here, a few beheadings there....and then maybe the opponents of this law will open there eyes.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Taco Taco Burrito

    "Why are all you americans so stupid?"
    _____________

    You mean "Mexican Americans".

    April 27, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Burbank

    Well, Javier, I guess this means our teenagers and non college educated blue collar people can have their jobs back. And don't counter with saying those are the jobs no one wants. That's a load of crap! Those jobs were made undesirable by illegals driving down the wages until it took a dozen people living in a one bedroom apartment to make a living from it. I am old enough to have watched all this happen. It wasnt' always like this. Now the wages can come back up to a fair level through natural supply and demand.If you don't like it I suggest you move to Mexico.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jason

    i would like to remind people that illegals in this country come from all over the world, and not just from south of our border. everyone has to follow the law, no more citizenship by birth unless ur parents are already citizens. its going to take the federal, state, and local governments to enforce the laws.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. quartrun

    so the illegals are now "visitors"...

    April 27, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Buzz Lightyear

    let's boycott spain they started it all
    and cubans-send them back

    April 27, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Al Sharptongue

    their eyes, sorry

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

    I think it is a very good law and all border states should adopt one as well. It's not for the federal government to tell the states what laws they can or cannot adopt. If they have their papers then there shouldn't be a problem. Mexico advise away – tell them to stay home. Maybe Arizona's will save money that they loose on immagrants & crime. I think more and more states and the American people need to start taking back our country and our rights. The government needs to keep their nose out of it.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. G

    " it must be assumed that every Mexican citizen may be harassed and questioned without further cause at any time," – you mean like Mexican authorities often do to Anglos driving in Mexico to extort $ from them?

    April 27, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. DAN

    WHEN, WHERE, AND WHOM????? THEY REALLY ARE A BUNCH OF DIP-S-S.... WE WOULD BE THE DUMMIES FOR TELLING AND WE'LL PROBABLY STILL DO IT. WAKE UP YOU "USA" CITIZENS.

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