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. SusanBM

    Good for Arizona! I heard that a few others states are considering the same thing. I listened to the senator who wrote the bill yesterday. Contrary to popular belief the police have to have a REASON to pull someone over and the reason can't be race. Essentially, if they see someone breaking the law they can ask the question. HUM. Now how is that threatening to good law abiding citizens? Our federal government isn't doing it job and American citizens are getting hurt because of that. It's time to make changes – again.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dewayne

    If an individual is in Mexico and don't have any identification they are immediately thrown into jail. Well, unless they have a few hundred dollars on them to pay a fine.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Angel

    So this is obviously made with the attempt to get rid of all the mexicans...When do you ever hear of a white man getting checked for his documents, or for that matter a black man, i know a few white men and black as well who are here illegally and they never ever have to worry about getting checked, this is obviously an act of racism to get rid of mexicans, good luck growing your own crops, and building your own homes Arizonians...C'mon people, we need to stop this stupidity and just let these people live theyre lives. Allow them to live as we do...Allow them an opportunity as we have...C'mon, jst in case you guys havnt realized theyre human too, they to desire peace, happines, comfort, and a chance to live as americans.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Alex

    Sounds like another South Park Episode!

    April 27, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. steve bischoff

    so you mean if you are illegal you better be careful?
    sounds simple enough

    April 27, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cris

    To all the negative comments, at some point you all were illegal here!! I don't believe it's correct to profile anyone just b/c of there race.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ron

    with the new immigration law in arizona , what is the uproar. seems the ones mostly in an uproar. are the ones that have family here illegally , and the Mexican Government, for obvious reasons. illegals are not Mexico Governmet problem , here in the U S its our problem costing our government 100's of millions a year , to apprehend , detain and to deport. let see how President Calderon, would react if we charge his government the cost to deport them back to Mexico. I have no problem any race culture being in our country, but legally. Lets not judge this immigration law imposed in Arizona, to soon. what does it take to get an ID , If your here legally I have been to Mexico on many many occasions and I have been stopped and ask to produce ID for no apparent reason. even when driving, Then our country is no different then Mexico , when it comes to profiling and asking someone for ID.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. james

    The problem with the law is that gives police officers justification for stopping anyone who looks Mexican. The hey-it's-no-problem-if-you're-legal argument isn't really true. it is a problem if you leave your house to walk the dog around the block and don't bring your wallet. It' a big deal that one class of people have to have identification on them at all times when another doesn't. There are plenty of ways of curbing illegal immigration, and maybe some elements of this bill are going in that direction. But the wording and the wide latitude end up causing a lot more problems or potential problems than they solve.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jethro

    So the teabagger nutjobs compare Obama to Hitler, got it.

    Is there anything more NAZI then living in a society that asks you for your papers when you're minding your own business?

    April 27, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jay

    Mike Byrne, you are an idiot. I believe they are just checking for papers, not rounding up Mexicans and killing them.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Goodbye

    LeRoy Diamond Deville I agree 100% all States need to sign up on this baby quick if this is all it takes.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jane

    Many people have many opinions but until you live here, you do not know the fear factor that has been brought down by 1070. I am white married to a legal Mexican that has been living here and paying taxes for 30 years. We have now added his Social Security card to his wallet. Because he is Mexican, drives a truck at night, he will be guilty until presumed innocent. Where is the justice in this? It is not a matter of legal or illegal, it is a matter of human rights and decency. If we had a place where ALL criminals would be recognized and penalized then 1070 would not be an issue, but we do not see tax paying pot smokers or speeders being sent to a place where they will be forced to live in poverty.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. LaChen

    Well, asking for your papers to identify you sound a kind'of jewish in the nazi world, maybe the history is repeating. . .

    April 27, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. LaChen

    Well, asking for your papers to identify you sound kind'of jewish in the nazi world, maybe the history is repeating. . .

    April 27, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dave

    To Anyone who doesnt want illegal immigrants here: I hope you enjoy paying $10 for a head of lettuce or $20 for a strawberry margarita because thats where we are headed unless you think your moron, inbred children are gonna pick vegetables for minimum wage.....

    April 27, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
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