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. Al Sharptongue

    #814 dave, you're making too much sense! I can hear the liberal spin machine cranking up to counter your logic.

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

    What about illegal white skinned people. How are they going to "target them? Illegal russians, europeans, turks, jews, etc.

    Most of the comments are are geared towards mexicans, which tells me only mexicans are being targeted here. a joke.

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

    How does Mexico get a pass for accusing the U.S. of harassing Mexican citizens? Raise your hand if you've been to Mexico and seen or heard how Mexicans treat the illegal immigrants who cross THEIR borders from Guatemala, El Salvador, and other Central American countries. Animals in the third world are treated better. Raise your hand if you have been a legal visitor to Mexico and have been intimidated by pubescent Mexican soldiers canvassing tourist areas with automatic weapons. Mexico has a lot of chutzpah to cast aspersions in our direction about the treatment of visitors. If their citizens are in the U.S. legally, then they shouldn't mind submitting to a paper-check just as we would willingly do so in their country.

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

    From these comments, it seems like people don't understand what this law does. It means that ALL people will have to carry papers proving their legal status in this country. It is impossible to tell if someone is here legally by looking at him/her. Therefore, citizens and legal immigrants will also have to carry paperwork (birth certificate, passport, green card, or visa) to prove legal status. How many of you do that?? It is an infringement on everyone's rights and creates an environment of a police state. Of course, we all know that hispanics are more likely to be questioned and harrassed which is why Mexico put out this warning. I'm sure the U.S. would do the same thing if another country was targeting its citizens.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mr Phil

    Did none of you folks read the story that broke right before this bill got signed. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer pulled over a truck driver of Mexican descent at a weigh station, doubting his legality. Even after he produced a valid Arizona Class C license, they still doubted him and threw him in jail. He had to wait till his wife was able to go to the jail with his SS card and Birth Certificate in hand to bail him out. So those of you saying "If you have a valid DL, no problem," it's definitely not necessarily the case.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Taco Taco Burrito

    We'll always have Taco Bell to remind us of the illegals.

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

    It sounds reasonable to me, Every US citizen over 18 should have an official state or federally issued id on them at all times.

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

    Mexicans SHOOT illegals attempting to enter their contry
    In the US we give them a drivers license, social security, free medical.

    Give me a break, our country is being INVADED and our military stands still and so does our president.

    I guess the invasion would only be considered a problem if we were stormed at the border by "Our al qaeda Friends" from the middle east?

    April 27, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dave

    don't compare ths to the Holocaust

    The Holocaust was religious persecution

    there is nothing wrong with being Jewish

    there is a lot wrong with being an illegal alien, you are a tresspasser

    April 27, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. DAN


    April 27, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Steve

    I love Obama but he missed the boat on this one. If their illegal there is no problem. Americans have to have their papers in order to cross the border to Canada. What's the big deal asking Mexican's to do the same thing. You abuse a privlage you pay the consequences. If they are illegal kick them out!

    April 27, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. kim

    It's about time. I hope all states follow suit. You have nothing to worry about if you are legal. This is not racial profiling...since when is 'illegal' a race?? Wish we had a Governor like her...go figure...it takes a female!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Linda

    As an american, if I am stopped by the police, I have to show a drivers license or some form of identification. Every other country protects their borders and have stict ues on becoming a citizen. The United States seems to be the most relaxed on immigration laws. I also wonder how a non-american has the right to complain about our laws. What people forget is that public services such as the electrical and water supplies and gas consumption, and prices of them are all affected by the population growth. How about car accidents involving uninsured illegals? By the way, WHO SAID YOU HAD TO BE MEXICAN TO BE AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT IN AMERICA????

    April 27, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dtboy

    Mexican "visitors...?" ROFL HA!

    April 27, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BOSgirl

    I can't believe my ears, all the comments from people who can't back thei @#*! up. "Just be legal and you don't have anything to worry about" "Stay home". Easier said than done, grow up or be born in a third world country with no options and no money, then come and make a comment! First of all to all the people who don't know what they are talk about....illegals don't pay taxes because none our taken out of their paychekc when they are hired 'under the table'! How much should they pay uncle sam making $4 an hour! Second, what jobs are they taking I ask? The jobs you lazy American teenagers don't want to do, jobs you would be disgusted doing? Tell me whose going to pick your oranges and lettuce off your farms when all the illegals disapear! You're 15 year old son?? And third illegals do not add anymore crime than black people do in NYC or that trailer trash hillbillies do in Mississippi or Illinois or than Irish commit in the Eastcoast....etc. Get your facts straight and racial insults correct before commenting on here.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
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