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. CHRIS NM 505

    Everyone Pay Attention!!! This isn't really about illegals, its more about the violence that has been going on from the Texas Border to The Baja. If you build a fence they will dig tunnels. If you tighten up border security then more violence will erupt. All of Americas drugs come from the southwestern border. There's a fine line that needs to be walked when dealing with the drug cartels from Mexico. People are getting killed if they dont abide by the Mexican cartels even our own military and police officers and political big wigs are either getting bribed or killed, they will smuggle drugs, people, guns becasue they truely have an endless supply of money. The problem isn't with the guy who wants to provide for his family but for the Gangs that are creating the violence on the border. People really need to wake up and understand that Mexicans are human beings and shouldn't segregate them into one bag. AZ induced a bill that will not work for what they are trying to accomplish.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Barada

    Hey Laura! Nice try, the truth is that the democrats can't win without the ILLEGAL Hispanic immigrant vote. That's the only reason they care about this issue.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. just saying

    its this simple i am a white guy if i went to england a predominate white country and got pulled over by a white cop he would ask me for?...anyone anyone....yes he would ask me for documation for being in the country ie passport so this is not an issue of a racist act or a police state this country loses over 3 Billion dollars a year yes a year to illegal immergrants sending money overseas. imagine if you can how that number looks after 20 years. my hats off to az the first state to really try to stop the crap that is going on

    April 27, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JustStupid


    Maybe you should be more ashamed of how we treated the Japanese!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mr. Wright

    Melissa N

    Are you that naive, racial profiling happens everyday even though all politicians and police forces say that it will not be tolerated. The reality is that police use it to get to speak to groups. If they suspect some one of a crime they can use the guise of I suspect him of being illegal so I questioned him on it. This happens everyday, they are good cops who don’t, but there are also lazy cops who do. The bottom line is that they are giving the police a new weapon on all crime and the result is going to be a citizen’s word against a police office. Guess who wins.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. TERRI

    How about we change the law so that any time someone requires medical attention from a hospital or doctor they must proved citizenship. Would that be a better solution. Come on people there is a problem and a solution needs to come from somewhere. If we did it this way we would be considered killers. Any solution will be labeled as something.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Trod

    @ 100% American Indian – VERY WELL PUT!!

    April 27, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Michele

    I have to carry my driver's license and vehicle registration with me at all times. People without those (or people without a state issued I.D.) are subject to being detained. In this post-911 world, it is prudent to make sure that people in this country BELONG here. If you don't, you are here illegally and you need to leave. It really is that simple. I am glad that Mexico has issued this warning. It's called "Obvious Statement" in most people's minds. What part of illegal do people still not understand?

    April 27, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joe

    When are they going to target those that employee them illegally?

    April 27, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kelli Melo

    Everyone of color should care, this is racial profiling. I am a white american citizen and believe this law signed into effect is not constitutional

    April 27, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Nathan

    This could easily be done if they only required people to have their drivers liscense or ID card on them like every other citizen in the us carries. Just make sure we stop giving liscenses to non citizens. Its a privelage not a right and if your here illegally then you dont deserve anything.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Crisco

    For once it's pleasing to see a politician do what he\she thinks is right for the country instead of what's right for his/her political career. Believe it or not illegal immigration is out of control in this country and it's hardly asking too much to prove you belong here. I would expect to do the same if I were to move to another country. Someone asked "what does an illegal immigrant look like?" Nobody thus far is willing to say what needs to be said, by and large illegal immigrants look Hispanic. As sad this may be it is what it is and something needs to be done.
    I've thought about this and decided that if I were to move to another country to make a better life, was accepted by this country, became a legal citizen and was asked to carry the appropriate papers in case I was stopped because I quite frankly didn't look like right, I would probably find this inconvenient and even a bit annoying but if there was a legitimate concern behind it like out of control illegal immigration then I would understand... even if I didn't like it.
    States like Arizona are getting desperate because nothing is being done at the federal level so they're doing what they can to help themselves and profiling is an effective way to get results. Again sad, but it is what it is. Take for instance terrorism... perhaps not all terrorists are Middle Eastern but the overwhelming majority is and if a little profiling is what it takes to protect my family and my country then deal with it. If you're middle eastern and don't like the profiling then work within your community to stop terrorism. By the same token if you're Hispanic and are here legally there's a pretty good chance there is someone close to you who is not (which is probably why you're so angry), so work within your community to fix it instead of lashing out against those trying to enforce the law.
    I'm willing to bet you don't complain when you receive some kind of benefit because you're Hispanic, so grow up and try to be part of the solution for the country who has opened its borders to you and your family.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chuck

    Mexico is being taken over by drug lords, their mayors and police are being killed almost daily, and people are kidnapped right off the streets in broad daylight. Yet the Mexican government has the nerve to issue a warning about the possibility of being questioned about their legal status in this country???

    The Mexican government is a joke. If they did their job right, their own people wouldn't be living Mexico like rats leaving a sinking ship.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Opinion

    Dear Skippy ~ I don't know why you or anyone else thinks that the term illegal alien only applies to Mexicans. It doesn't matter if you are European, African, Asian, Middle Eastern, or Mexican...if you are here illegally then you are ILLEGAL. It would appear that the majority of those making a big deal out of this are determined to make this a racial thing. It's not. It's just the law. Go through the process of becoming legal and contribute to the economy. Give something back. The ones being affected by this are doing neither of those things. We are ALL required to carry a drivers license or state id card ... be proud to show you are American!

    April 27, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JeffK005

    I don't know why, but I am simply amazed by the ignorance displayed in many of these posts. Why do so many people speak without knowing the facts and allow themselves to get outraged over misconceptions of this law? Do a little research and you'll learn that "showing papers" can be as simple as showing your valid Arizona identification card or driver's license. YES, the Arizona Department of Transportation DOES VERIFY the applicant's lawful presence in the US prior to issuing the card. No, people are not going to be randomly asked to show proof of legal US status without some cause or suspicion. Yes, many Latinos will fall into the category of those that are questioned because many Latinos are illegally present in Arizona and will be involved in suspicious behavior, such as day laboring. Yes, a few policemen will inevitably abuse their power, just as they do with every other law. I've been stopped for "suspicious behavior" (aka broken tail light at 2AM) many times myself.

    I think the reason so many people are outraged is because either they are illegally present in the US or have family members or friends who are in the US illegally and are fearful they may get separated. Well, maybe you should have thought about that possibility before illegally entering the US? The basic concept of this law has been around for years, it's just been poorly enforced by the federal government. Kudos to Arizona for picking up the slack.

    Oh, and immigrants were a big factor in the foundation of this country. However, it's not the 1800s any more and we don't need help building the infrastructure of the western states. If Mexico is so concerned about US policy then maybe they should petition to become a US State? Only then will Mexico start to become a place where Mexicans can find decent jobs without having to cross the border.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
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