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. IaCheNeHe

    well put #886, thats why they are afraid!

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

    There's a saying: Everybody wants to go to Heaven, but nobody wants to die. You wanted immigration reform? Here you go. I'm not going to dispute whether it's the right approach or the wrong one – history will tell us that. But at least it's SOMETHING. And maybe, just maybe it will light a fire under Congress' a$$, and make something happen. Finally. Kudos to Arizona for at least taking an active step, instead of allowing the 'check is in the mail' approach weve seen for more than a decade to continue.

    It's easy to criticize someone who is doing something. What's hard is being the 'do-er.' So for all of you who think this law is bad, a step in the wrong direction, whatever, how about instead of griping, you come up with an alternative, hmmm? Got a better idea? TELL SOMEONE in your local and state governments, and give folks an alternative. But until you have something legitimate and realistic to offer in counterpoint to this law, all you're doing is complaining, and neither the people of this nation, of Arizona, or on this post have the time or inclination to listen to it. Kindly take it elsewhere.

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

    hey people! just for your information, almost the 80% of US population is people from another countries. I think if dumb to think that inmigants are 100% mexicans, inmigrants could be people from England, Russia, Sweden from every country you can mention or think about. This law is more a racist thing that anything else.. just because you don't have blue eyes and blonde hair police can harrased you?? Wow!, this is what I call "progress" .. with this law EVERYONE could be harrased at any time.

    Did you know that Az was part of Mexico once? no matter how blue, green or white skin color you have.. you're standing over historical 100% mexican soil. and If someday you get tired of living in the dry, hot, desertic and boooooring Az. Visit Mexico and enjoy the most beautiful beaches, historical places, exquisit food and exotic jungles.. and I garantee you will never want go back to US again!

    April 27, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. KRISS-

    Hey Fer

    ILLEGAL is not racist

    ILLEGAL is ILLEGAL

    If I break into your house and I am mexican is that Illegal or racist.

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

    Kali13: feel free to move to Russia, China or Afghanistan, if they're so much better. See how you like it there!

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

    Is California signing the bill? Los Angeles is already a state of Mexico.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Buzz Lightyear

    indians-all over those reservations
    gotta go
    mennonites mormons
    they are not americans

    April 27, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John

    I’ll tell you what. If I were a police officer in Arizona, I would ask for legal documents from every white person I pulled over. If they didn’t have their driver’s license and social security cards on them, I’d arrest them. Force parents to start coming to the police station to prove that their kids are in the country legally, force husbands to call wives to bring birth certificates down to the police station. I would never give anyone a pass because they were white. Make their lives hell also and see how much they like the law then. Just because your skin is white doesn’t mean you are in the country legally. You know the Nazi’s required Jews to carry papers and if they didn’t have them, they took them away. Then they started requiring Jews to wear the star on their sleeves at all times. How long before Arizona requires Hispanics to wear markings on their clothes to prove they are here legally?

    April 27, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Heavy G.

    Here is what going to happen, Obama is going to offer amnesty to all illegals, lets see what happens then. I think one of our past presidents has done that before, sign up pay a fine wait a while. Bingo!!!! you are legal. easy isn't it? But the last time this was done not so many took it up. Why?? if they become legal they have to pay taxes, find a doctor, instead of going to the E.R where they know they won'get turn away find a home which they can rent, instead of 3 familes living in it, Pay school taxes. Follow the law, if they break it they run back to their Ranch in Lindo Mexico which they all say they have back home in Mex. I can almost guarantee you . Amnesty is the next (new word for today)
    Just wait and see, this is next on Obamas list. easy way out . Can't lose that Mexican vote.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Allen

    Kim is wrong. Just because you don't carry an ID, doesn't mean you don't have to have it. If you get pulled over for a traffic violation or a police officer asks you for your ID, you are supposed to have one: A driver's license, state ID or passport–something...

    I am required to have show my passport to get into Indonesia, Mexico, Japan.., even Canada. Folks from countries outside the US are required to do the same here. Why do American's think there is an exception this rule for Central/South Americans? I read somewhere that Arizona alone has 437,000 illegal immigrants. Yes, we benefit from the labor legal & illegal immigrants provide, but almost every country on Earth benefits from US foreign aid. Is the US government really going to tell the world that any and all countries citizens have to have a passport or ID only if you come here in small numbers? Are Americans going to tell the world that if you come here in mass numbers the US will cave and give you amnesty? Can anyone tell me anywhere in this world that a US citizen can walk up to a border crossing or US customs and walk right by the guard without expecting that person might want to see an ID? Sure there may be racism behind some posts here, but that pales in regard to National Security and the costs of public education, health care other government services provided to illegal immigrants without reimbursement. Yes we need immigration reform and wanting a better life for you family is an honorable goal, but circumventing federal immigration laws shouldn't be rewarded. We cannot just single out exceptions immigrants from our southern border.

    The Mexican government has alot of nerve to criticize the US government or any State in the Union for following current federal immigration law when the state of their own country is the reason their citizens want to leave.

    Americans have a choice to make: Pay higher prices to eat out, build a house, buy fresh vegetables or keep your cheap services OR tell the world our National Security is no longer a priority because its all or nothing.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. IaCheNeHe

    little minds always yell the loudest.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Buzz Lightyear

    only wasps get to stay
    if your great grand parents down
    were wasps
    no 1st generation wasps

    April 27, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mister Zippy

    RE: #677 You have bought into one of the myths about the value of illegal workers. You make it sound like the crummy jobs they do went undone til they showed up and saved the day. The fact is that the nasty jobs were done by young Americans, particularly white boys - picking crops, digging ditches, building houses, cleaning toilets, etc. The original bracero program was supposed to a temporary source of this unskilled labor during war time when our boys went to fight. Then it became permanent... then it went out of control... then the braceros started bringing their families over...

    April 27, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Chief Wigwam

    I'm a Native American, 100%, and I'm too drunk to care about any of this.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sam Taylor

    Now if other states can follow with AZ did,I hope california can make this rule as well, It's just not about Mexican comming to this country, you have other nationality comming to california and other state, If california can get this law i'm sure people there will have tons of jobs for american citizen in every state .

    We need to have this law otherwise goodbye jobs and good pay. I am very happy this law is taking effect, atleast there is hope in the air that were getting rid of undocumented people and jobs will be come available.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
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