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. Citizen

    The analogy to traveling to countryX is flawed. Once you get to most countriesX, you lock your passport in the safe and go play tourist. This law allows the bobbies to stop and ask for your papers any time. Sounds like the fourth reich. bad law. bad results. gotta bad feeling about it all.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. molly

    Way to go setting us back a hundred years! Good thing I'm white so I won't ever be pulled aside to check if I'm legal or not. Every person of Hispanic descent in Arizona must feel degraded. AWESOME!

    April 27, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. TammyB

    To Tyler: Since you don't live in Arizona, you are speaking out your A** regarding the MLK Holiday. We, the people, did not turn the MLK Holiday down, the idiot that was in office at the time vetoed the passage of the observance of the bill to institute the MLK Holiday. We impeached him.....that is, we the people of Arizona. The eastern born hacks in the media never completely covered that, as per usual. And people like you don't look up the facts before you open your mouth. BTW....that was Governor Evan Meacham, and yes, we got rid of his A**!!!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joe

    @sammy, let's cut thru the bull...I am white and I have been asked for my proof of identification more times than I care to count, all of which has happened well before this law. If you drive any type of vehilce on a U.S. roadway and are pulled over by the law, the very first thing they ask for is identification. I am a legal born'n'raised UNITED STATES OF AMERICA citizen and have nothing to hide, there for it doesn't bother me in the least to be asked for my identification.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. 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 BETTER YET CREATE A DMV TO BEGIN WITH THEN MAKE LONG LINES

    April 27, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Citizen

    A drivers license is not proof of citizenship. You carry your birth certificate with you?

    April 27, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. A canadian.

    Are you kidding me?

    "Why did I have to spend my money and time to get a passport just to go to Canada?" – Maria.

    Ummm... Because Canada is a DIFFERENT country. No, really. Check a map.

    Next up for America, "Papers PLEASE!!!". Everyone will have to have papers ready for inspection at all times. Enjoy your "freedom" you speak so highly of...

    April 27, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Winthrop

    For the uninformed jerk who said he had never seen a Blond-Haired, Blue-Eyed Mexican, boy are you dense! Just go to Mexico City and many other parts of Mexico and you'll sure see them by the droves! They have skin whiter than ours for your information. But then I suppose you don't even know that Mexicans and Latinos are actually part of the WHITE race, do you? That's right. They are. Just ask any state or county where they are born, they'll tell you quickly. It's a FACT. FYI, there's no such thing as a "Hispanic race". Their race is *White*. The 'ethnicity' is Hispanic. Got it?!

    April 27, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TIM D IN AZ

    WHATS THE MATTER JIMMY BOY DIDNT LIKE THE TRUTH....FOOL IT DOES NOT MATTER THAT MY POST WAS DELETED IT STILL IS TRUE

    April 27, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joe

    @Citizen, as a matter of fact I do carry my birth certificate with me, since I'm down here on the front lines.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Citizen

    Hi Joe, Sorry you have to do that. Peace, Citizen

    April 27, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mary Ann Ludwig

    Oddly enough, I don't find "Mexican" or Mexico mentioned anywhere in the bill! There seems to be a whole lot of shakin' goin' on from Mexico's side. ANYONE here illegally can be questioned, but (and here's the main point) law enforcement has to have a good reason to do so. The will not be stopping every latino they see.

    It's a good bill. It only reaffirms Federal law already in existence. It makes no new laws regarding immigration status. IF you want to come here – do it legally or don't do it at all.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. 1invsblehand

    Since our government provides tax cuts to American companies who move jobs overseas, the immigration issue will be moot in a generation or two.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MIke

    You are not stopped becuase of the way you look. The law reads if you are stopped in the commission of a crime or infraction, you can be asked to prove legal status. Not a huge jump from what current law is. If you are a permanent resident you are already required to carry you id card and produce it when required. Those hysterical propagandists who stir the pot by saying every brown person will be stopped on basis of appearance only are misinformed or lying to serve a political viewpoint

    April 27, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tyler

    To TammyB: Good! You got rid of one who sure needed it badly! But the question is are you so willing to continue in the same vein and GET RID of this woman governor who has done just as bad if not worse by signing this atrocious bill?! Ummm?

    April 27, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
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