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. Idaho Sean

    We've been dealing with an immigration issue for years and Arizona solves the problem in a matter of weeks. Good for you Arizona! I am taking my vacation in AZ to support you.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. CERO

    Mexico is a very wealthy country. It is blessed with abundant natural resources and a fortunate location. Mexico is the richest nation in Latin America when measured by GDP. Half of all Latin American billionaires, are Mexicans. Mexico is the quintessential banana republic—a corrupt oligarchy of arrogant rich, a tiny middle class and millions of poor people, around half of whom live in poverty.

    But Mexico is not poor overall. It has the resources to improve itself.

    Economist Gary Hufbauer of the Institute for International Economics noted that Mexico has tax collections that amount to only 14 percent of the country's gross domestic profit, compared with the U.S. level of 25 to 28 percent. But investment would cost money. And Mexico refuses to take responsibility for the social needs of its population. It's so much easier to let the Americans care for Mexico's poor.

    Indeed, the Mexican propaganda war to convince Americans of the need to support poor Mexico has been largely successful. Central to Mexican strategy is maintaining the billions of dollars in remittance money flowing south, thereby keeping a lid on social unrest among the masses. In that way, the oligarchy preserves its enormous power and riches.

    The immigration scam is very successful: the rulers export their unemployment to the United States and get back billions in remittance cash annually— 2003 is on track to rack up a record $11 billion.

    Talk about easy money: the worse the oligarchy run the country, the more people leave and send back money.

    Furthermore, every social service for illegal aliens and legal immigrants financed by the American taxpayer—medical care, K-12 education, college tuition breaks, housing vouchers and food stamps—frees up more money for remittances.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. CHRIS NM 505

    If you think this law will actually work then you are an idiot. First the illeagals will move to another state. The real problem lies within the Mexican Drug Cartels and thats what is making people panic.Mexican Drug Lords have an ENDLESS SUPPLY OF MONEY, so technically if they wanted to take over i bet they would have a pretty good chance in paying people off or killing people, do any of you know what's going on in Laredo TX?..... ITS ALL ABOUT THE DRUGS THAT WE AMERCANS SEEM SO ADDICTED TO.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chris

    WOW, I AM FROM ARIZONA, I DON'T SEE A PROBLEM WITH THE LAW. I HAVE BEEN TO OTHER COUNTRIES AND THEY REQUIRE PROPER ID. I DON"T UNDERSTAND HOW THIS COMPARES TO NAZI GERMANY, I AM JEWISH TOO, THEY AREN'T GOING TO THROW YOU INTO CAMPS IF YOU DON'T HAVE THE PAPERWORK, JUST SEND YOU BACK TO YOUR OWN COUNTRY.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chloe

    That's it? As long as this doesnt affect oil exports from Mexico...

    April 27, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. garaldp

    Our Federal Government's response to this is so typical. These clowns have probably never set foot in the West (ok maybe some of them have visited Harrison Ford's summer ranch in Montana or gone skiing in Colorado), yet they feel they can dictate what is best for those of us that live here, from the comfort of their Ivory Towers.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mytoys666

    it's obvious to me (by all the comments here) that half of the country hates the other half and vice-versa, so let stop wasting time, start the next civil war and this time do not accept one side's surrender and exterminate the other. (tfic)

    April 27, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Paul

    Ricardo, don't you think the Latino countries would actually be somewhere if your statement was true? How dumb are you? If the Southern US was left in Mexican hands, you'd all just be crossing illegally further north. I hear this "we rightfully own the US" comment before. It's just plain funny. Who owned Mexico before the Spanish? Loser...lol....go pile into a truck with 15 of your amigos.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. DLS

    Here's the problem with this law: Many people of Mexican decent have been bornin this country for generations. We are Americans just like the white skinned peope. As Americans, we have no requirements to carry any 'immigration documents. Why should citizens of our country have to carry documentation that we were born here? Without documentation we can be taken to immigration and held captive until ICE determines that we are indeed citizens of the US. This is not nazi Germany. When an ICE raid was held in WEaverville, NC, they arrested everyone who "looked" Mexican. One American woman was held more than 14 hours until they proved that she was indeed a citizen of the US. She didn't know she would have to carry documentation to work with her, since she didn't drive.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. David

    This only affects ILLEGALS.

    If you are a TRUE tourist, you won't have a problem.
    As you should have your visa & passport with you.
    Just like you have to keep on you in any other country in the world.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mark

    Let's not forget that police are mostly against this. Why? Because when investigating real crimes where people have been raped and murdered they need cooperation of people regardless of their legal status. This is the other side of this that people don't get. It was already tough for police to conduct investigations when you have a lot of illegals... these laws will create further division. I would also suspect you will see AZ citizens absolutely hammered with identity fraud cases in the upcoming years. Fake documents, phony credentials all will have a premium price in their state.

    Personally I think they need to make the law so police check everyone regardless of how they look or appear. Then nobody can cry discrimination and the AZ people can get used to going through manned police checkpoints and having their credentials checked as they enter a mall or walk down the street. Put a quota system in place where police are required to check 25 people for their immigration status each shift and it must be across all the population with a proportionate number of whites, blacks, and Latinos. Then if you are really serious about stopping illegals you put in place mandatory prison terms for anyone hiring one of them. That is what is missing from the current law...prison for those who hire illegals.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tim Burke

    quote", the Mexican government advised its citizens in Arizona to begin carrying all immigration documents with them immediately "to avoid needless confrontations." end quote.

    Federal law already requires immigrants to carry their documents with them at all times !

    April 27, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Spencer Storer

    If I travel to Mexico shouldn't I have my passport on me at all times? Seriously, everyone goes bonkers on this stuff but the only people it will affect are illegals and people with an attitude. Both of which deserve an ass whopping anyway.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. matt

    It's about time they are doing something about all the illegals running around like roaches in this country...bag em and tag em...

    April 27, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Garcia

    Responding to comment 1210, The whites built this government and country""'
    Almost every caucasian country is a first world country. Wow almost every brown country is a third world country"" I wonder who cant take care of themselves?
    Where every there is a white country there are lots of brown people trying to get in""'
    You need to open your eyes""'

    April 27, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
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