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. Captain Ding Dong

    Yo Woody!

    I think part of the problem sprouts from Americas Youth. I remember kids in High School (late 80's) who wouldn't work at McDonald's because it was below them.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ree

    What part of illegal don't people understand? How are they protesting our laws when they're not even legal? Please TEXAS pass a law like this!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pureamericanbeef

    No doubt that many people will say, "if you are legal, don't worry about it." To those people, I think you are missing the point. If the only basis for the police to question your legal status in the first place is your appearence, that is the problem. Hispanics have long been a part of American society and even more so in the Southwest. Caucasions will obvioulsy not be required to provide proof of their legal status whereas those of brown color will be additionally scrutinized. To enact this law is to mandate racial profiling.

    That is the tip of the iceberg. Not to mention that the state would be utilizing state resources to do the job of Federal Homeland Security. As a taxpayer, I want police focused on combating crime and not needlesly profiling people of brown color.

    The supporters say that this law "threads the needle perfectly" and that this law provides additional law enforecement tools while still remaining constitutional, etc.. It may "thread the needle" on paper, but in actuality, the officers on the street will be utlizing racial profiling as their main basis of reasonalbe suspicion. Ask yourself how else could they possible enforce this law without the use of racial profiling? It can't be done. This law is plain messed-up.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JustStupid

    HURRAY for ARIZONA who has a courageous govenor.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. wakeeup

    How long has our state department had travel warnings for americans in mexico? i guess turabout is fair play, eh?

    April 27, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Enrico

    GeorgeD said, "What's missing from this whole issue are the responsibilities of foreign governments on their people who are immigrating to the US illegally. Why can't the US government pressure these foreign governments to clamp down? Why don't they have the initiative to do something about this problem? Is it because these governments benefit from the dollars that the illegals send home? Is it because these goverments will have less mouth to feed? I think the US should also focus on these foreign governments instead of focusing on the poor illegals working on the streets."
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    I agree with GeorgeD in substance. The problem, however, is on both sides of the border. I think there is much truth in what George suggests. In addition, Mexico benefits from illegals because at least some of them cross the border to engage in crminal activity here (drugs, etc.). If they are here, then Mexico has fewer to worry about. Our problem is that we are too lenient on this issue due, I suspect, because we see it as a "right" not to be hassled. However, the right to be secure and safe from even potential harm supercedes both the right not to be hassled and the right not to be racially profiled. As many have already stated, if you are here legally there is no real problem - if you can present documentation showing you are legal, then you can go on your way. If you can't then AND ONLY THEN do you have a problem. The Arizona law encourages (demands) that you obey our rules/laws if you want to be here. Those who enter the U.S. illegal demonstrate by that very act they want the benefits of being in America without the responsibiliities, duties and requirements that go with those benefits. As a LEGAL immigrant from Mexico and living in Tucson, I applaud the courage of my state's legislators and governor for passing and signing this law. I will be proud to show my documents when asked, because I'm proud to be an American and I, for one, will not view this law as racial profiling.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. garaldp

    Part of the problem is we havent gotten tough with the Mexican government on this issue. I say we fine them $50,000 for every illegal we catch. I can still remember that fool Vicente Fox beating his chest when our government has debated this issue before – give me a break. I love people of all cultures and welcome them to my country legally- but this situation has become such a joke – the citizens of Mexico dont respect us or our rules.

    Viva La Arizona!

    April 27, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TruthPrevails

    THere is one common thread in all your support of this law. You don't want Mexicans here. WHy has no one considered the European illegals here? I have known illegals from France, Germany, England, Canada and other countries, but since they are white, no one bothers to assume they might be illegal. But oh boy, if you're brown and have an accent, you're probably a wetback. This is based in bigotry and racial hatred, pure and simple. Anyone know that she also rescinded the state Domestic Partners benefits in Arizona? She's also a homophobe (I suspect, although Domestic Partners covers straights as well as gays, when most people hear that term they instantly picture gays.
    This governor also said, while speaking to a Lutheran group, that God put her in this powerful position. SO much for the separatino of church and state. SO apparently she thinks it is her God given duty to get rid of Mexicans and Gays from Arizona. I am sure a lot of you who support her will agree, since this is really only a thinly veild effort to racially purify Arizona. What's next, a ban on SYnagogues as places of worship??

    April 27, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. FedUp!

    QUOTE
    If we treated our Canadian neighbors in the same manner the outrage would be heard on every news channel.
    Posted by: Chuck
    UNQUOTE

    Your comments are typical misrepresentations of the problem.

    We do not have millions of Canadians entering this country illegally and consuming our resources: jobs, social programs, schools... Illegal Canadians might even be preferable! At least they speak English. I never thought I would see the time when I call some place and they tell me to 'Press 1 for English'.

    Rights for illegal immigrants?? This is not what I fought for in Vietnam...

    April 27, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. KPD

    "They" are not out to get anyone. Most of you seem to think there is a white racist boogey man under your bed, dont worry nothings there. We need to lock down illegal immigration somehow. How irresponsible are you that its so difficult to show ID and be on your way? Its not about race its about law. America is still a first world nation with rules to the function of society. Its not the "man" keeping you down its your inability to be considerate of your neighbors regardless of culture. Sure when our country began we were taking all and any, now space and money are limited so its necessary to enforce immigration laws.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Deborah Post

    I'm liking Arizona more and more. If you want to immigrate to this country, do so legally, take your place in line like all of the other law abiding individuals who want their chance at the American Dream

    April 27, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. deb

    BRAVO ARIZONA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ATTN: all the lawmakers in COLORADO. PLEASE follow Arizona's excellent example. We are fed up with paying for all of these illegals. Our great nation is sinking under the burden. Congrats Arizona for having the courage to make this law. America is watching! You are our brave new leader!

    April 27, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. W.N. Sanabria

    Almost everyone of the supporters of this law misses the point. It is not about defending the rights of the illegals. It's about the fact that the police now have an obligation to stop and question everyone who looks Latino. That means even those who were born citizens, have voted in elections and fought the country's wars now have to be prepared to prove their legality in Arizona. This is unprecedented and cerrtainly reminiscent of police states. How does that go – those who are prepared to forfeit their freedom in exchange for security will be neither free nor secure.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. CERO

    WHY DOESN'T MEXICO JUST CALL ALL OF IT ILLEGAL NATIONALS BACK HOME SINCE THEY ARE SO 'WORRIED' ABOUT THEM!

    April 27, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Indian

    Dan,

    Imagine that your ancestors were native Indians and because they now look like Latinos, they now have to prove that they belong here – I find that pretty insulting. You have lost touch with your humanity and until you get it back, you should refrain from making any more inflammatory comments.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
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