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. Rick

    Unless you live here in AZ, I suggest you refrain from commenting.
    The situation with the ILLEGALS is out of hand.
    The bill is not about race, it's about legal status.

    Those touting the 4th amendment as a reason to not carry ID are wrong.
    Every adult over the age of 18 is required to carry a state issued ID in AZ.
    It's been that way for decades.
    They will not throw you in jail if you don't have it on you, but they will hold you until your identity can be verified.

    As for the Nazi remarks... not even close.
    Read a few history books and then get back to us on your uneducated comparisons.

    Illegal is a status not a race, and it's a crime.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JustStupid

    I wish people would quit calling ILLEGALS illegal immigrants.

    If they were immigrating here they would be doing it LEGALLY


    April 27, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Selmers

    People who argue the United States was founded on immigrants are MORONS!!! Yes, while this is true, this is not the debate. The immigrants that founded the US came here LEGALLY!!!! This discussion is about those who come here ILLEGALLY! IDIOTS!!

    April 27, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Craig Ormond


    Well, the Native Americans didn't and their dead. So, I will take a lesson from them and make sure it doesn't happen to me. I will help fight this invasion to thefullest.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. N

    The law is to be here LEGALLY. Those illegal people who hosed it up for all those who are here legally should've been doing that in the first place.

    It doesn't matter where you're from, Mexico, Ireland, Japan, Antarctica, Mars...if you are not a legal citizen of the US, then you are illegal.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Docholliday

    Simple answer. I go to Arizona, I get stopped or pulled over, I'm asked for my identification. I provide a guest worker visa, a drivers' license, passport. Better yet, retina scan, finger prints, DNA. How hard can that be, regardless of skin color? I'd be glad to provide identification!

    It's called racial profiling because 80% of illegal immigrants are from Mexico, not because it's racial profiling – they just don't like being called out on the obvious subject. Being "illegal" annoys them, and calls into question their qualification for free services at the behest ofall law-abiding US taxpayers – the ones that foot the free healthcare, social services, public housing, medicaid, welfare and foodstamps. They enjoy the gravy train – at our expense, not theirs. And they don't like us schtomping on their little free ride. Easier to call us racists than becoming law abiding citizens.

    They resent anyone questioning their "right to enjoy all the freedoms, liberties and services this great country provides", without the requisite responsibility to follow the laws of this generous country, free to break its' laws with reckless abandon, free to scurry across the border once they're exposed or create havoc, injure/kill people, traffic in drugs, damage, loot and generally create an atmosphere of hate and discontent in their guest country. Whenever it suits them. Many of them are here quietly, performing services and working in a low-profile – but don't think we don't notice the smirks now and then.

    Lacking a sound argument against being called "illegal", they use the tactical nuke expression "you're a racist" to beat you down. Odds are, if you're from Mexico, you have a higher chance of being here illegally. Uhhhhh....... Is this called the "low hanging fruit" principle? Bottom line: Lots of them ferry in drugs (mules) to get their "seed money" to start a new life in this country, per County Sheriff in Pender county (the guy who arrests them)....

    So for them to say we have no right to question their status, is simply an insult and slap in the face. This is a direct challenge to our national sovereignty and our rights as free citizens. We have EVERY right to question their status in our nation, the one that foots the bills they so generously pile up, day in, day out.

    You know, if you blow across the border into Mexico, try to outrun the police, they pull guns and shoot at the fleeing suspects' car there? Gee. Yet these folks expect unlimited/unrestricted access and freedoms to everything this country provides to its hard-working citizenry, to be treated like protected class citizens? The nonsense their criminal elements pull here would get them hard jail time in a Mexican jail, pronto. In some cases, beaten to a pulp, or worse. Seen a Mexican jail lately?

    They have no fear up here, and they like the status quo – free services, no taxes, free to cross the border with contempt for authority, and free to insult the US, carry their national flag in protests in our country, to remind us of what WE owe them – a free ride..

    Arizona got everyones' attention, and it is about time. I am about to drive out there right now and whip out my drivers' license with reckless abandon!!! They can stop me all the way home too.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bill

    Buzz Lightyear.. I hear she can suck the chrome off a trailer hitch

    April 27, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ray

    Where is the Tea Party rallies against this law? People who shout "Don't tread on me!" to the government will surely fight a law that allows the government to demand that "Citizens" show ID when they haven't done anything wrong and are minding their own business? I'm sure they'll be marching on Washington any day now....or maybe I'm just naive.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Red

    What is really missing from this law is the requirement that an emblem be worn by foreigners, a Star of David if you will, so that we don't have to worry about messing around with inspecting documents and can get right into public persecution. I have a work Visa from Holland to work in Glendale for the last 8 months, so I guess I have taken your "American Job". I guess that may be due to the shortage in American engineers and surplus of retail workers. If so, I believe that I should be able to enjoy the same level harassment that people from Mexico will receive.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. yezmani

    all you white racist ugly people how would u feel if you go to mexico just cuz of ur white ass?

    April 27, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. PaganForLife

    To those who had your land stolen from them 200 years ago possibly because this was the last investment land at the time (now its africa), take back your LAND!!!


    Hail to those who do good in this world.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jill

    Its the law thats the main problem. Just in its wording is why people are up in arms about it, the fact a cop can and most likely will pull over any one they suspect to be illegal, and this isn't just about mexicans, I'm sure they will attack middle-easterners, etc. The problem is the law gives police too much power. How about a law that makes it much more difficult to get a job, crack down on employers paying illegals cash under the table and allowing kids into schools with phony documentation. Take the police out of the situation and make employers and the community responsible for helping clean up their neighborhoods. Ask for documentation when using a US bank or a credit card or paying with cash over say $50, much like you have to prove you are you when you use a credit card, prove you are american when using our money. Also, the addition to the law that says the public can now sue the state for foul-play, thats just opening a new can of worms Arizona will never be able to close. Watch the law suits come rolling in.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mr.X

    Mexican Travel Advisory: Eef yous are in Areezona for a yob. Make sure yous have peepers.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. The Truth

    Um, correct me if I am wrong but when you are visiting a foreign country you are required to have documents allowing you to be there on your person at all times.

    This issue has nothing to do with race, profiling or harassment, its about money. Its money that illegals cross the border to make, tax free I might add. Its money in our education, welfare and other services they illegally tap into to benefit themselves. Its money they send back to their native countries to support family and friends. Of course Mexico does not want this law, they want the poor to leave their country steal money from America and send some of it back to their country. They don't want their poor returned and be a burden to them, not to mention lost income, thats why they don't really like this law.

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