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.

Post by:
Filed under: Arizona • Immigration • Mexico • World
soundoff (1,492 Responses)
  1. thezar

    Do you really think they will pull over white people to ask for papers? And if they did could you prove your from america? Drivers license doesnt count! Thats the problem with this law, there will be lots of legal Mexican Americans that will be harassed for just being brown! Whats next? Should we wear a gold star on our sleeves? Cant believe this is happening in America! We are all children from immigrants in this country!

    April 27, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. sickandtired

    OH NO! The state of Arizona has actually decided to ENFORCE the law in an attempt to get rid of the huge population of illegal (criminals) in their state. This article is unbelievable...the drama and over-reaction are killing me. Maybe we should start publishing a bunch of articles on how Mexico enforces it's immigration laws and "warn" Americans they could be subject to "unfair" treatment.

    OH YES, that's right...Americans don't typically enter Mexico by the millions, stay there illegally, make a bunch of anchor babies (who become legal roots to their country of birth), grow a family and send the kids to free public school, suck off of Mexico's health care system, and take jobs away from the Mexicans.

    What about this is UNFAIR? So US citizens and legal immigrants (from ALL races and backgrounds) in the US have to prove their citizenship status is asked...is it worthwhile and legal to ask – YES! I am all for it if we can remove the illegal criminals from the country asap.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. CB

    I wish someone had an answer to this question: " how many legal citizens (including the governor of Arizona) have used an illegal to do their house work, yard work, or babysat their children for them or any other type of work?"Wouldn't that be an interesting poll? or maybe it is better to be kept quiet.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joey

    YoSkippy! Most Europeans come here legally! Otherwise you correct, the standard should be applied to all. I am not so cynical as to think that every Mexican-looking person in Arizona will be pulled over and questioned. But, the message it sends to illegals is the point and power of the legislation.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. d.hood

    If your papers are not in order you go to jail in mexico. So Mexico can go to HELL!

    April 27, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Garcia

    Comment 1269 you are a retard"""

    April 27, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. 75Toad

    First: lock the border...use nat'l guard...after all aren't they supposed to protect the USA? Second: check drivers licenses and registrations...seems to me if we have to prove to a govt. agency (IRS) that we have health insurance...then, what's the difference if the same govt. asks if we are living here legally? I would suggest that we first check the legal status of all those folks who are rioting and deal with them accordingly.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Paul

    yoycantstopus...expect a visit from ICE shortly.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. molson

    One thing everybody has to remember is that Arizona was once part of Mexico, and it was taken away (along with Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, California, Nevada, Utah, and Texas) by the Treaty of Guadalupe. Since it was part of Mexico, there are Hispanic Americans who are the descendents of those Hispanics in the state at the time of the treaty. How police can identify undocumented Hispanics from those descendents? I am Hispanic and I am also a naturalized American. I'm glad I do not live in Arizona, because they might stop me in the street and harass me for the only crime of having black hair and brown eyes and speaking with an accent.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mr. Steve

    And by the way, EVERYONE south of the border is BROWN. That's not racist, that's Darwinism.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. WordSmith75

    Congratulations to the state of Ariz. for having the balls to take action–we are so busy rolling over so we don't step on anyone's toes that no one will stand up for what is right. Illegal aliens are ruining this country. They are bleeding our resources dry.
    Our school systems and hsps. have to tell with people who can't speak English. When are we, as Americans, going to stand up and take care of our own back door. Enough fundraisers for Haiti, there are starving homeless people right here. And a lot of them have homes and are still starving, but they do it behind close doors so you don't see.
    Every other country in the world protects its borders but not use, we're wide open, come on in. take whatever you want. Pretty soon there will be nothing left. It's time to stop it now. They should build a wall across the border and have armed guards. If you are legal, come on over, get a job, have a good life. But if you aren't stay away, we don't want your problems we have enough of our own!
    I dont go to another country and expect them to speak English, why do we have to bend over backwards for non English speaking people. I hope other states follow Ariz.'s lead, It's about time!

    April 27, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Franz

    Hey Maria! You need a passport to get into Canada ONLY because our country (USA) requires all american citizens to produce one when you come home!! Maybe they should investigate you because you sure don't know how to spell! It's "privilege!" I thought we all spoke English!!

    April 27, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ann Yazzie

    Good job Jan. Now you can help the really citizens of the State, Native American Indians......

    April 27, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lorena

    I, from here on boycott Arizona and refuse to buy anything produced from Arizona. These people only understand when it affects their wallet.

    Desde este momento en adelante reuso ir a Arizona y/o comprar algo producido en Arizona.
    Esta gente nada mas entiende cuando les afecta la billetera.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lisa

    to #1085.....you must be non latino....You should read #1103...if you were latino or any other race besides white how would you feel?

    April 27, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100