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. About time

    About time!!! Why is it so hard for people to understand there's a right way and a wrong way!! Stand in line just like my great grandparents did on Elllis Island!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Robynn

    This is a shame. Some of the brown skinned ppl who live in Arizona had ancestors living there for centuries. Hopefully this governor will end up in prison for her Hitler like tactics.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. randy

    It's working! It's working!
    Come on California..what are you waiting for??!!

    April 27, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. rep ublic an

    The thing about racial profiling is that it works. For example, when was the last time a LEGAL white American strapped bombs to themselves, stepped on a plane and blew up the plane, skyscrapers, etc. Same thing for the ILLEGAL Mexicans. I'm gainfully employed and pay taxes so that LEGAL citizens can be on welfare, not those that are ILLEGAL.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. D

    why arent there any illegals on here voicing their opinion on this? it only seems like the legal citizens are crying , i find that weird considering it has nothing to do with you and you have nothing to fear. Lets go complain about how much more security there is at the airport because some a-holes decided to attack us. Sorry legal Mexican/Americans, but when there is a problem , we all have to face the consequences be it good or bad. And please , quit comparing arizona to nazi germany, that is an insult to every everyone who has suffered from that tragic event.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Paul

    Yes Britannie, I am sure Canadians are flocking across the border at this moment....LOL...give me a break! The main problem is illegal Mexicans. The Mexican illegals make up about half of Canada's population. It's left-wing tree huggers like you that have let this problem become what it is. We are so scared to offend people. Tough! I am so sick and tired of seeing people protest while holding up a Mexican flag. I have yet to see a Canadian or Chinese flag at these protests.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. David T.

    Hmmmmmm! Reason they are leaving and coming to AZ is the worse negative environment in Mexico.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. davidjackel

    Forget the illegals. It's the legal immigrants and Hispanic American citizens who are going to be abused the most. They can now expect to be regularly harassed by the police for appearing Hispanic. It's a disgraceful law based on un-American sentiments, and the result will backfire on the lawmakers: The Southwest will soon have a powerful Hispanic-American voter block that consistently votes against Republicans.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Brian

    I am very supprised reading about this, that the state of Arizona has to sign a law for the police to check someones status. Being from canada, I keep my passport up to date and when I come to vacation in the USA, I show my passport without questioning it. If you come to someones country illegally you should be challenged about your status and if you are one that should not be there, then you get arrested what is all the complaining about? With a country with alot of unemployment, it goes to reason why illegals should be kicked out. I am also supprised the other states prevent your police checking if you are legal or illegal in your country. As for Arizona, great on you.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Diego Restrepo

    Sure, I'll show my legal documents the same way the Americans showed theirs when they took Texas, California, New Mexico, Arizona, etc. away from Mexico to begin with. Funny how the laws of this country are made to benefit the few...

    April 27, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Parkway

    props to number 9 post, JD, he says it all. smells like a double standard to me 🙂

    April 27, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Denise


    "Mexico has travel warning for Arizona

    better yet.. all Mexicans stay home.. we don't want or need you
    Posted by: joe "

    Ignorant Joe..now that's racist!! Feel sorry for you.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lorenzo

    As an Arizonan, the law will probably get struck down on the basis that the federal government exclusively retains the role to regulate immigration, and therefore deem it unconstitutional. However, the hyper-partisan politics have now gotten involved including to the point in which Congressman Grijalva is asking for a boycott of Arizona which will indeed hurt Arizonans, and Arizona's economy. The politics of the situation have drawn trenches between parties in which the facts could become lost. The truth is, Arizona has a real problem with immigration. Over the last 6 months over, 525,000 pounds(CNN) of marijuana was seized, and people are transporting illegals in for 3,000 a head (As heard on radio Johnjay and Rich: Confession Wednesday's). To top it all off, Robert Krentz (Arizona Rancher) was murdered by a smuggler (Fox News). Former Governor Napolitano agrees that we still need help. Although the law is controversial, it provides a jump start to immigration reform which has been neglected over time. We need help without the bureaucracy of it all, and this law points us in a direction.

    "We are a people who have a government, not the other way around." -Ronald Reagan

    April 27, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. all of america

    We are all glad that Jan Brewer signed this bill. The only ones that are whining are the ones that know that their free ride is over . The majority of the Arizona public favors this bill, if the illegals don't like it, leave.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. TXMike

    I'm happy that Arizona has stepped up to enforcing legal immagration. I have no problem with immagrants coming to the US for a better life. They had better be legal when they get here. Not illegal and hiding for 7-10 years, stealing the life-blood of our country. The politicians and wall street criminals are doing enough of that as it is! So God bless Arizona! I support you 100%!

    April 27, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
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