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. JEff

    Sounds to me like Mexico has it right, what is good for the goose is good for the gander.
    Shoot the illegals coming across. Hey they shoot illegal Guatamalens.

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

    I agree with comment #537. There will not be racial profiling, it is against the law, and the police will be watched closely.

    This law was made so the police could check, and arrest people that they already know are illegal.
    Right now they cannot do that unless another crime is commited.

    They will not be pulling people over unless they already have some info that the person is illegal. (read comment #537)

    I am dark skinned, dark hair, and am not worried about this or any law that I uphold.

    People who are screaming about racial profiling either don't wont the illegals arrested, (they may have friends and family that are illegal), or they are listening to all the hype from those people, (fear begets fear), or they have a finacial intrest.(Owner who pays cheep and?or uder ther table.

    There are always a few bad people,(police , judges, etc), who may take advantage of the law, just like any other law, and they will be prosecuted when caught, (if possible). The laws are still generally good if enforced properly. We dont abolish the laws because of a few corrupt officials, we go after the currupt officials.

    This unties the hands of the good police officers to make arrests when they already know a person is illegal, and they still have to prove it after the arrest, just like they do with every suspect of any crime.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Al Sharptongue

    The biggest immigration problem in Arizona is from Mexico, PaganForLife, you dumbass. When you're chasing stray dogs, you leave the cats alone.

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

    The bottom line here is that racism, regardless if it is legal or not, it is still RACISM. Ignorance breeds hatred and Arizona has shown both. When will this country truly live up to it's ideals? Have we forgotten all the true indigenous American Indians that were murdered by us Red, White and Blue Americans, all the African Americans that were treated as 2nd class citizens because of their skin color, the countless Japanese that were round up and imprisoned during WW2, etc???? The list goes on and we continue to have a very short term memory.
    As much as I love my country I get very sad and disappointed at the lack of progress we have made as a nation and as a people.

    A concerned US citizen

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

    Breaking News –
    Native Americans of various tribes have passed a law requiring all "Americans" to carry proper papers proving they are legally in this country. Oh wait...I am sorry...no papers exist because we Americans just decided to steal Native lands and create our own maps. Another history lessons for you clowns...Arizona used to belong to Mexico until the U.S stole it from them after the Mexican-American war. The irony here is that Mexicans now need papers in land that once belonged to them. I am a proud American but let's be real here...this country was founded on illegal immigration. Let's be realistic, know the truth and understand history.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Andy

    Wow, this sure reminds me of Cold War Soviet Union. I can see law enforcement now asking, "paper's please." Don't get me wrong, I don't necessarily think anyone should be here illegally, however, I'm sure there are better ways at solving this. This is also a 4th Amendment issue, unlawful search and seizure anyone? This is a slippery slope we're heading down...

    April 27, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JAB

    Just one more thought before I go, All those jobs that illegals do that "other people" won't do, well here's the solution, Wouldn't it be nice if people on welfare were made to work for their "free money". That would solve the worker shortage problem if immigration was enforced. Too bad we have become one big welfare/entitlement country. It is truly embarrassing what this country has become...

    April 27, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ryan

    so what, do Mexicans have to have proof of citizenship EVERYWHERE they go?

    April 27, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
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  10. jon

    I have never seen so many ignorant and racist people comment in my life. Most try to justify this by giving the example of them going to another country. Well, this give the ability for the police to stop someone because of their ethic background, legal or illegal. I don't see the authorities pulling aside caucasion immigrants......but that would be ok, because its the mexicans that people have an issue with.

    Next will be the muslims, then move to african americans, then the south asians, etc. This is a slippery slope and everyone who supports this should be ashamed and look in the mirror. You could be next. I bet it would take a different tone if it were caucasion citizens being pulled aside.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Californian

    Mexico has some nerve! When I travel there I have to have my passport with me at ALL TIMES and HAVE to carry monies to pay their Federal soldiers to pass on "public" roads. Close the border permanently at El Paso and keep the drug killers on their side of the river! I will not go to Mexico again. Belize here I come, directly from Houston.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Its the Law...

    Its not racism. Its the LAW for all colors of ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. Get over it for those who are switching blame. If your illegal thats the POINT. Nothing more nothing less. If the majority is Mexican Citizens whom are Illegal in AZ. Take accountability, for whom it applies to. Its no one elses fault for those whom are ILLEGAL. GET OUT, GET IT RIGHT. If your culture/people of color are the majority whom are illegal, its no ones fault but whom is breaking the law.

    I have no problem being asked at the US Customs check what country I am from. I am 4 generation Ca Native... Citizen and 5th USA Citizen.... I have been asked in the USA with my blonde hair, green eyes several times at customs check. I am not offended. Its the job and purpose and the law.

    Enforce Enforce and Save our Social Services for the USA Citizens whom pay into it. Help our own. NO OTHER country is handing out free everything to illegal immigrants. Yes they will jail you or kick you out if you do not have proper documentation. Some places YOU CAN NOT get citizenship, you can not even work there. Its their law.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. tij

    DAVE – You are asking these PEOPLE in the forum to READ The LAW????? A lot of the posters here appear to have ties with illegal immigrants. They always play the RACE card. Illegal immigrants DO NOT READ THE LAW and DO NOT FOLLOW the LAW.

    I doubt that they will even read the LAW below.

    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 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. John

    Ask any lawyer, and he/she will tell you that immigration law is one of the most complex areas of law. Yet, we have all these ignorant people posting comments as if they understand immigration law. Classic!

    April 27, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Juice

    20% of America's servicemen and women are American citizens of Hispanic descent. I can't wait to hear about the racist sheriff that tries to ID check a combat veteran Green Beret and gets his a** handed to him.

    This is disgusting.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
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