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. quack49423

    What really bothers me about this situation is the lives lost in 9/11 because terrorists were in our own country. I'm not a genius, but it seems to me that if terrorists wanted to get in our country, wouldn't this be one way of doing it ?????? How is homeland security able to moniter these persons entering our country. Come on America. How many 9/11's will it take America? Good job Arizona.

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

    I'm canadian and i will avoid Arizona, heard a ton of my compatriots feeling the same, heard the same pretty much everywhere in europe too. This is going to help the AZ economy soo much, just wait and see......

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

    Lopez, you are an idiot. Won't every watch your show again.

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

    Good for Arizona. The Federal Government is not doing its part by closing the border.
    Barak Obama is trying to bring as many future democratic party voters as possible, with no regard to this country. It is time we say enough is enough.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Retired Deputy

    WHAT is the big deal here? I travel to other countries all the time and I know that at any time I can be asked for my documents so I carry them with me at all times. Why is this a big thing? If you are here legally why worry about it? Showing the dcouments takes 5 minutes. If this is a big thing to you then leave and go back to where you are from and stay there or abide by our laws....its that simple.......and easy !!!

    April 27, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. IaCheNeHe

    Oh I see, your blinded by your rage and ego. So hows that working for you so far? You draw a line divided by two groups Dems and Reps and both sides are angry. Try not being either one, let go of your hate, it does not serve you well. In the end we (physically) all will die. Try doing something good for someone else and DON"T pat yourself on the back for it.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Maria

    As a proud American, who happens to be Hispanic....and yes I have brown skin....

    I have NO PROBLEM AT ALL IF I'M ASKED FOR MY ID to prove that I'm an American. I will happily make that sacrifice to ensure the safety of my country and legal citizens. I'm sick and tired of paying for all those damn illegals (Mexicans and other illegals from all other countries) for them to trash our borders, to abuse our free services, to steal social security numbers to get free food stamps, free medical/dental/eye care, free schools, free breakfasts, lunches, and the list goes on. I WANT ALL ILLEGALS TO BE SHIPPED BACK TO THEIR COUNTRIES...YESTERDAY!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cheech & Chong

    Wasn't there a Cheech Marin movie "Born in East LA" or something like that? Plot: A dark complexion, Mexican-American (key word American = US Citizen), mistakenly identified as an illegal immigrant, deported to Mexico, has to make his way back to US. Sound familiar?

    April 27, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dave

    here is the law for those of you who have not bothered to read it -

    B. For any lawful contact made by a law enforcement official or a law enforcement agency of this state or a law enforcement official or a law enforcement agency of a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States, a reasonable attempt shall be made, when practicable, to determine the immigration status of the person, except if the determination may hinder or obstruct an investigation. Any person who is arrested shall have the person’s immigration status determined before the person is released. The person’s immigration status shall be verified with the federal government pursuant to 8 United States code section 1373(c). A law enforcement official or agency of this state or a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state may not solely consider race, color or national origin in implementing the requirements of this subsection except to the extent permitted by the United States or Arizona Constitution. A person is presumed to not be an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States if the person provides to the law enforcement officer or agency any of the following:

    1. A valid Arizona driver license.
    2. A valid Arizona nonoperating identification license.
    3. A valid tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification.
    4. If the entity requires proof of legal presence in the United States before issuance, any valid United States federal, state or local government issued identification.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Fred

    How many Whites would have to be questioned in Arizona before an illegal was found, 1,000, 10,000, 50,000? Do you want the police wasting their time on a mostly fruitless search? But one in four Hispanics in Arizona is an illegal. So that's where you look. It's just simple commonsense and not profiling or racist at all, just commonsense.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Al Sharptongue

    #804 – well spoken, you're a target in Mexico if you're white. But, to the liberals, that's just a "cultural consideration"

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

    If the Mexican Government does not like the new Arizona law then they should take care of their own people by providing them jobs aand a better way of life. I hope that Texas follows Arizona's example and does the same thing because I will back it 100%+

    April 27, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rich

    What is looks like is that many of you are missing the point that although we all have to carry proper id at all times, we are not supposed to be asked for it unless there is a Reasonable Suspicion" that something is amiss and needs to be addressed. What this law promotes is Reasonable Suspicion" can be based on looks. Did this not happen in the last century to blacks and Jews in Europe? I guess some people think that the situation there turned out well also

    April 27, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. CK

    And as far as racial profiling goes – so what. If they have their papers then there shouldn't be a problem, should there. Every one should be able to be identified with a driver's license, I.D. card, etc. I really don't get the big deal. If asked, show the papers, if you don't have them you get sent back. Sound simple enough to me.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Carolyn

    I agree with half of what you're saying, Ronnie. We do need to get people off the welfare rolls and back to work. But we also need to know who is in this country, they need to be paying taxes (a whole other issue, which needs to be dealt with). The school system is overtaxed – children of Mexican illegals are utilizing our systems, but their parents are not paying into the system. Welcome to this country, but become part of what this nation represents. Emigrate legally, work legally, pay into the system and then reap the benefits. Not a one-way street. Yes we took this country, name me the nation who has no blood on their hands. The reality is now, today. And those of you who have nothing but evil comments about Arizona, maybe you should go to your church and pray for the people murdered by illegals who crossed through their land.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
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