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. NEHicks

    If all of those who are claiming racial profiling would read the first three paragraphs of SB1070 – maybe you would stop your shouting.

    Within those 3 paragraphs it states: FOR ANY LAWFUL CONTACT MADE BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL OR AGENCY OF THIS STATE OR A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS STATE WHERE REASONABLE SUSPICION EXISTS THAT THE PERSON IS AN ALIEN WHO IS UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES, A REASONABLE ATTEMPT SHALL BE MADE,
    WHEN PRACTICABLE, TO DETERMINE THE IMMIGRATION STATUS OF THE PERSON. THE PERSON'S IMMIGRATION STATUS SHALL BE VERIFIED WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PURSUANT TO 8 UNITED STATES CODE SECTION 1373(c).

    C. IF AN ALIEN WHO IS UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES IS
    CONVICTED OF A VIOLATION OF STATE OR LOCAL LAW, ON DISCHARGE FROM
    IMPRISONMENT OR ASSESSMENT OF ANY FINE THAT IS IMPOSED, THE ALIEN SHALL BE TRANSFERRED IMMEDIATELY TO THE CUSTODY OF THE UNITED STATES IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT OR THE UNITED STATES CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION.

    NO WHERE does it state that they will only be looking for "people with brown skins!". It states ALIENS, which by definition means anyone not of American Citizenship!

    April 27, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. yeah u heard it

    the US should stand trial for genocide to the Native Americans, pay retribution to the African Americans, and all whites should get the hell out back to Europe! they came here by boat loads we set an exemple other people follow what's wrong with that

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

    TruthPrevails: do you live in one of these states hard hit by the MEXICAN illegal problem? Based upon your ignorant diatribe, probably not.

    I happen to live in Utah and this MEXICAN illegal problem is killing the state budgets in the southwest. In addition to cracking down hard on employers that hire illegals we should be taking diplomatic action against the Mexican government – it is their government (or lack thereof) that is the root of the problem.

    Hooray for this law (Utah is gonna draft one just like it) and Joe Arpaio!

    April 27, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Brian

    Great, now all the peaceful illegal immegrants who are simply trying to improve their situation in life can't even go to the police for help if they are the victim of a crime. What do you think is going to happen? You're going to see a huge increase crime against illegal alliens. Probably won't be long before Arizonia becomes the kidnapping capital of the world. Fortunately, you'll be safe as long as you don't look like you're illegal.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joel Aguilar

    I mean are you kidding me. Law. What about the russians and Romanians. and the chineese and Koreans. are they going to go into all the mini-marts and start pulling Indians and Pakastanies. My God. Spend tbe money on trying to feed the homeless and additcts.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sowhat

    Don't matter what Arizona or other states do, we Mexicans will continue going there until the whole country speaks more Spanish than English, either you like it or not... pinches gringos...

    April 27, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. PaganForLife

    @ Edith in comment 1188

    Read comment 1131.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mrgmorgan56

    Arizona...Run by idiots.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. CHRIS NM 505

    1197- How are the police going to determin that illeagal status. Dumb ASS!!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Garcia

    Maybe Mexico and Mexicans" will think about how they treat the immigrants passing through their
    country"" There are rapes beatings robbery and killings, every day by Mexican authorities"""
    I really feel They need to look in the mirror before they scream racism"""""
    What a quagmire""'

    April 27, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. arizonaborn

    I cant wait until the law goes into effect. I know through people I know that some illegal mexicans are already afraid to go out and about.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Guy Hawkes

    Welcome to NaziZona.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joe

    Naive comments.
    Does anyone know what is to live under a police state? where you shall have papers to identify yourself?
    A bit of reading of History would do You a lot of good.

    As a country we have engaged in Wars and invade other countries exactly to eliminate
    THAT sort of things.

    History !! learn, learn, learn....

    April 27, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ricardo Zavala

    Americans are so stupid that if latinos just leave what now is their country (which historically is ours) they wouldn´t survive 24 hours by themselves.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Michelle

    I say get rid of them all! Especially here in Florida!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
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