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. Jonathan Graham

    Looking forward to the first Latino family to be given millions of dollars on a suit filed against an Arizona police department for rights violations that fall under the category of racial profiling! Who needs the lotto?

    Germans Nazi's and Jews... the white people of Arizona and Hispanics... all the same situation right?

    We as tax payers should be able to pay for concentration camps, fire pits and gas chambers! As a a proud American, I feel that we should rid ourselves of such scum! All brown people, please report to the nearest concentration camp. Separate the men from the woman and children... strip em down and fire em up!

    April 27, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. consequences are here

    If Mexican illegals had not taken advantage of and knowingly ignored our laws of immigration over and over and year after year, then this law would not have been nessary. They caused their own problems. People need to take responsibily for their actions. Even just one person can ruin it for everyone else, we all know how that happens. If you are feeling that this is unfair then take it up with all of the Mexican illegals who broke the law for their own benefit and cared nothing about how this would refelect on their fellow countrymen. Every Mexican represents the Mexican community, how they act and what they do is a direct reflection on how people perceive Mexico and its people. That goes for everyone. Its absurd to think that laws can be broken with no consequences. The Arizona law is a direct result of the many millions of people, who happen to be from Mexico abusing our countrys laws time and time again. Enough is enough. I have no problem with immigraton the legal way. If so many Mexicans are unhappy with their country then perhaps putting a little effort into changing things for the better where they are from would be a good place to put their time and energy.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Only one not missing the point

    If you are a here legally, what is the problem? As MANY have pointed out, if you look hispanic, you may be ask to prove your here legally. After that happens to you a few times you will hire one of the ambulance chasing lawyers who advertise on afternoon t.v. and sue the Arizona state government for millions. Your problems will be solved. At that point you won't be real happy about illegals living near you and mooching off of your "hard earned" tax dollars.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jose

    Yes, it would be wrong if the stopped you for the color of your skin. It says in this law that there won't be racial profiling.. The Govener and the police have gone on national tv and said they will not stop people because of the color of their skin(racial profiling)

    No, I'm not so nieve that I don't believe this will happen... It will. There are always a few bad apples in every profession. But I think the majority of the police and judges will do the right thing. And if any policeman starts pulling people over because of race, there will be a big media frenzy over it and it would be delt with.

    Stop causeing a lot of fear that skin color will get you stopped... It probably won't happen anymore than it already does, maybe even less because of the media coverage.

    But all the illegals who are now let go because the police don't have the right to hold them can be delt with.. It is frustrating for the police to pull someone over for something else, see that they are illegal, and can do nothing about it.
    I know an illegal person who was pulled over, had no insurance, there car impounded, but the police and judges did nothing about their illegal status because of the loopholes in the laws.

    This AZ law is because of these types of loopholes, so the police can do something when they know a person is illegal......It is not so the police can pull any mexican over. It is so they can actually do something when they allready know the person is probably illegall, and not because they are mexican.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bob

    Ok so if you are coming from Mexico to the United States all you have to worry about is having proper identification. If you are traveling from the United States to Mexico you have to worry about getting wasted by a drug lord.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JOHN MARX

    You can't make wrong right. If you are an illegal alien and your reading this "GO BACK AND GET RIGHT AND IF YOU WANT TO LIVE IN MY COUNTRY, GET YOUR PAPERS IN ORDER AND STOP FIGHTING THE TRUTH, YOU ARE ILLEGAL! ! ! YOU DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHEAT. YOU DO NOT SAY THE HELL WITH OUR LAWS, THEY WERE NOT PLACED IN VAIN. YOU KNOW IF THERE WAS OF FLOOD OF AMERICANS GOING INTO MEXICO ILLEGALLY YOUR COUNTRY WOULD MAKE A BIG DEAL. SO HERE IS OUR BIG DEAL .... YOU GET ARRESTED .. GO CHANGE YOUR LAWS OVER THERE ... GO CREATE A SECTION 8 AND GO CREATE EBT AND OVERCROWDING SCHOOLS AND LONG DMV LINES OR CREATE A DMV TO BEGIN WITH THEN MAKE LONG LINES

    April 27, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joe

    ok, let's go kill off some mexican drug lords, whose with me?

    April 27, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. erka

    a commercial driver passing through mexico has already been forcibly brought to an immigration office in arizona because he could not produce a birth certificate even after showing a drivers licence and providing a SSN . he was approaced by police at a weigh station because he was a dark skinned hispanic and that was their 'probably cause'. he had to stay in holding until his wife could leave work, go home and get both of their birth certificates, and drive to arizona to get him out. Whites are the only people who will not be harmed by this law.

    Must be nice to be white.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. sammy

    NOT EVERYONE IS HERE FROM MEXICO. THERE IS LAND FURTHER SOUTH. ITS CALL SOUTH AMERICA, OH THERE IS ALSO A PLACE CALLED CANADA WHERE SOME PEOPLE COME FROM. IF YOU ARE GOING TO REQUEST DOCUMENTATION, YOU NEED TO DO IT FOR EVERYONE! COLOR OF THE SKIN DOES NOT MATTER, THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE FROM LATIN AMERICA, CANADA, EUROPE, AND AFRICA THAT ARE BROWN LIKE A PERSON FROM SOUTH OF THE BORDER. WHAT ABOUT THOSE PEOPLE FROM PUERTO RICO, THEY ARE BROWN TOO.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joe

    @erka, if he was passing through mexico, then why was he brought to an office in Arizona??

    April 27, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. studio, red bank

    Since Arizona will not be able to define between long standing contributing Hispanic immigrants, and those escaping Mexico across the border, it will be come the same type of discrimination that was felt towards the free Blacks, Chinese slaves and Colored slaves of the previous centuries. How low can they go? They should be ashamed of themselves, the last state to accept Martin Luther King day.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tyler

    So, Arizona has passed a law to be able to legally profile and single-out Mexican citizens and possibly others. Oh yeah, and let's not forget, that Arizona is Senator John McCain's home state and He's In Favor of this odious law. Remember when Arizona hated to give MLK his due by celebrating his day? They sure like HATING don't they. But they finally had to give in. Now, they've come back with even more fury with this one with their penchant to make minorities second class citizens. Amazing! Just simply amazing! Such pathetic legislation doesn't even belong in the dark ages much less in the twenty-first century! I suppose if all Mexicans were to leave Arizona, Anglos would be more than happy and willing to step up to the plate to do the tasks the people previously did huh? But I do bet the state is more than eager to take those hard-working migrant worker's tax dollars without the blink of an eye. But to do the right thing to treat them with respect and dignity sure appears to be beneath that state's ability doesn't it.

    Simply put, no matter how you look at it, this law is a BAD LAW! But remember, it took REPUBLICANS to back the bill and pass it, didn't it. So, let's meet them at the polls this November Latinos, Anglos, Women, Minorities, the disenfranchised, and all other supporters of Equality and Justice For All and Sweep Them Out – Clean Sweep! Those who promulgated and championed this piece of pathetic legislation do not belong in office, including ol' McCain. Let's SWEEP 'Em OUT!! No profiling, No making hard-working people live in fear and feel miserable because the state has a superiority complex and a chip on its shoulder, and lastly, let's not forget the head woman who signed the bill. Give Her The BOOT! Enough is enough. ON WITH THE BOYCOTT OF THE STATE! End of story!

    April 27, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dana Depew

    Papers please? Ahh NAZI Arizona. Fascism is alive and well it seems.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff

    You are right that if you are legal then you have nothing to worry about ... except the new law gives the police much more powers to harass someone if they think they are illegal aliens, which means if you look hispanic then they can require you to show your papers.

    If abused, it can be construed as profiling as a white illegal alien will not expect this treatment. The problem is not the illegal aliens but the companies in the US who want huge profits so they bring in illegal aliens so that they can pay them alot less than the citizens ... who usually do not want to do the jobs that the migrant workers are doing. Illegal aliens are the symptoms of a much bigger issue which is the creation of profits at all costs.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Everybody Else.

    Oh, you silly United Statesians.

    Whadda freekin mess.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
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