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. BlackMan1991

    Everyone against this needs to realize that its not about racial profiling or Mexicans. If your here illegal, than you need to leave. This must be enforced one way or another. This is the only way to do it because they sure as hell arent leaving on their own. God forbid we try to protect our borders. You do realize that Mexican soldiers shoot and kill Central Americans trying to get into their country all the time right??? If Mexicans make up the majority of illegals than they should be targeted although it sounds harsh that's the reality of it. Every person that compares this to the Black struggle in the South and the Jewish Struggle is flat out dreaming. Blacks didnt do anything wrong and neither did the Jews, both cases were persecution. When I have to press 1 to get English or 2 to get Spanish when on the phone with a service provider i have to wonder if any other country would allow for this to happen so passively. As a matter a fact if we are going to cater to Mexicans so much we should have Patois,Creole,French,Swahili,Arabic and Italian translations on every sign, its RACIST to cater to Spanish speaking countries and not translate for every other group of immigrants in the country who are mostly LEGAL because they dont have a free for all undefended border with America. 1st Generation American descendant of people who immigrated here LEGALLY!!!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mr. Common Sense

    I think the big picture is being missed by some many of you writting comments. The debate is not about whether it's a big deal or not proving you are legal in this country. It's about violating a persons civil rights and constantly bothering (profiling) him or her just because he or she is from a different ethnicity even though they are legal, American born citizens. Our government needs a wake-up call to deal with this issue in a human and responsible way. We are talking about people not about objects!!!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Peter Dailey

    I think Mexico should return the favor by harassing and discriminating against Arizonans the minute they cross the border into Mexico. A good taste of their own medicine. Arizona is too white which always leads to racism and homophobia.

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

    Fence or no fence, Even with this racial-profiling-law, get this thru your thick heads. Mexicans will never, hear that, EVER, be stopped from coming here no matter what you people do. It was once ours and in less than 20 years you will be the minority. So, I suggest you get your papers in order and make room because we're here to stay.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. wheeldog

    When does the shooting start? That will be episode 2.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chris

    DOES THE LAW SPECIFY WHAT IS PROPER ID? IT IS A LAW IN ARIZONA TO CARRY ID AFTER THE AGE OF 18, AS IT IS IN MANY OTHER STATES. YOU, REGARDLESS OF BEING WHITE, BLACK OR MEXICAN WILL BE DETAINED UNTIL YOU CAN PROVE WHO YOU ARE.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mark

    All Americans should be required to present their proof of citizenship on demand by police. That is the big government power some people wish in America.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Alva

    This is tactic to allow racial profiling. Clearly, that's the agenda for the bigoted Jan Brewer. If she and her ilk had their way, only white, right wingnuts would live and work there.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Paul

    I think I will vacation in AZ this summer as well. Show them some support.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Uncle Sam

    Just a couple of obvious points....
    1- The fact that it is ILLEGAL to be here illegally is nothing new. This is only an attempt to enforce a long standing law. Where have all the protestors been up until now?

    2- It seems a small price to pay (showing I.D. that is) to correct a long running problem in Az. Have we got so much more important stuff to do that the hassle of showing documentation just takes too much away from the other stupid crap we do each day in order to preserve the original intent of the law?

    April 27, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Stupid is as stupid does

    Why are Americans so paranoid about "somebody else" taking what they have already stolen? Hmmmm. Paranoid to the extent that folks are even questioning the citizenship of their own president!!!! DUMB.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jimmy

    Why is it always the ignorant inbread hillbillie fool telling Americans to leave if they don't like the some bassackwards law or practice. Why don't the Ameritalibanies move themselves to a country more in line with thier views like Saudi Arabia instead of trying to turn our country into a backwater joke. Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Lincoln are rolling over in thier graves.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Greg

    This is the same country whose soldiers shoot students and where decapitated bodies are found on a regular basis? Whose government has completely lost all control over the drug cartels...

    Yeah, I don't think their opinion counts too much in this situation.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BJ

    I have family in law enforcement in AZ, and I am also a legal resident. I can't see law officers chasing up people asking for papers, Mexican or otherwise – they have way to much to do already. What this will do is allow them to legally ask for proof of right to be in the US if they catch someone breaking the law who can't produce legal ID.

    At the moment if a cop pulls someone over for some traffic violation and they have no license, no insurance and no registration on the vehicle the best the cop can do is impound the vehicle and issue a ticket – which is meaningless to someone who has no ID. The inability to produce any form of ID whatsoever when called upon to do so SHOULD beg the question "Do you really belong here". This law will allow an officer to require someone in this case to produce reasonable evidence as to why they seem to have no ID but are here, whereas as the moment all they can do is let them go and hope they pay the ticket.

    I'll have to carry my papers now too. Not a biggie.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JustStupid

    Hey Alva #1264

    Ok lets change the law and we can send all of the ILLEGALS over to your house!

    April 27, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
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