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. Matt

    Ya – they also issue CIDs that can be used in our banks to people with no visas or paperwork for this country, as well as distribute literature telling people how to cross the border illegally in order to use our health care and education systems. Sorry but the Mexican Government is pro illegal immigration.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. CHRIS NM 505

    What if your black and you live in Miami. Does that mean your a cuban and here illeagaly. Just wait republicans this is going to be a show down between the new majorty and the old minority. While i agree we have an immagration issue on our southwestern borders, this is not the way to go.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mike

    Kudos to the Great State of Arizona. I can't wait until Texas follows your lead.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Patrick

    I have never loved Arizona as much as I do know. They juevos are bigger than all other states juevos. I might have to move back. AZ ROCKS

    April 27, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chris

    Linda #67,

    You do realize that the Mexican government doesn't allow you to own property down there, right?

    April 27, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Anita

    How would you feel if you were being taken away from your family? Really? I would never encroach upon setting up family illegally in a country that I had "broken into" and them demand the same rights as those that are legal. You should have thought about what getting caught would do to your family before you started having one. It's not the US's problem or fault its yours for thinking that you could break in illegally and them be welcomed to stay!!!!!!!!! I live in PWC VA and we did this and they fled!!!!! Kinda like when they came lol

    Crime has gone down, so has services being taxed to the limit. School crowding has subsided and they are not hanging out at the 7 elevens oogling teen girls or any woman for that matter.

    If we don't stand for something then like our current situation we will fall for anything. I mexican gov't thinks we are going to far, then keep your bambinos at home base MEXICO!!!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Edith

    Mexican’s are not here illegal you are (American’s) this was Mexico’s land first! Do your history, before you speak or care to commit on this situation. Why do you think United States is going down; because they stole it, it was never theirs (America) to begin with but need not to worry they will get it back (Mexican’s).

    April 27, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Charles

    People need to have confidence in the AZ police. Besides they have plenty of minority officers so to think that AZ is run by white racist cops is obsurd. All those cops will use caution and their expertise to handle situations. the racist cops will be dealt with by other cops. Like Obama says "give it a chance."

    April 27, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Unclebuck

    I am going to get such a great laugh the first time some of these people who keep asking what's wrong with being expected to carry your paperwork with you are caught downtown without their own paperwork!
    I mean, it's comical really, these people are so narrow minded. Sure, if the only people to get caught in the trap are illegal, then there isn't a problem. But as soon as people with a tan start to get stopped, and then can't produce their paperwork because no legal American carries that stuff around with them, then there will be a lot of crying.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jimmy

    Jvob 1150, yeah and maybe we should gas them too?

    April 27, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rick

    Proud to have lived in Arizona for 10 years. Would love to live there again now!

    April 27, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Andrea Stifano

    Funny....current immigration law requires that a legal resident carry their immigration papers at all times. Nice to see state law mirroring federal. The only difference here is that the Feds don't enforce and the state is going to do their job. Yes, the Feds have let us all down and haven't done their job since the last amnesty give away.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Josh

    @ Kim,

    Really?! You never carry your drivers license or any form of State I.D.?! It's the law to do so. It is the law in every State to carry a State issued form of identification, PERIOD! The Arizona law only lets local law enforcement ask to see it if they suspect you're ilegal, it will most likely only be done when a crime is committed or a person is a suspect.

    Anytime you come into contact with a police officer they are going to ask for identification, this law is just to reinforce your responsibility to be able to comply with the officers' request.

    There is no mention of race or nationality in the law, it does not specify anything other than potential illegal immigrants. If this same law were passed in Wisconsin do you think Mexico would be upset, of course not. That's because they'd be looking for illegals from Canada not Mexico!

    April 27, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. casey

    the tile is missing a phrase at the end– "hostile environment for illegals"

    April 27, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. B.S.

    I think this law is regretful but necessary. I hope ALL states will adopt it soon. If you are here ILLEGALLY, you need to be worried, maybe go home. If not, carrying your paperwork is a hassle, like pressing ONE for English, but deal with it. Yes we are "all immigrants", but only the legal one's pay taxes! This country seems like it's on a slow down slide, this is one small step in the right direction.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
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