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. Joe

    @Archie, you are an idiot. Without a border, we have no country, without a country we have chaos.

    April 27, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. WreathOfDreams

    And back to square one. Legal, ok to be here. Illegal, criminals. No matter your skin color, language, heritage, etc. No matter what you think about the laws at present, no matter where you are from if you have not come here through due, legal process you are a criminal.

    April 27, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pete S.

    Hey what can I say?,......except: VAYA CON DIOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Keith

    Don't forget that legal American citizens carry proof of citizenship all the time as it is, it's called an ID card, or a driver's liscense. So what is the difference in making legal foriegn (not just mexicans, this law applies to all foriegners,) carry their documents?

    April 27, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. 1invsblehand

    Solutions to the immigration problem:

    1. Enforce existing laws concerning the citizenship status of employees.

    2. Instead of just deporting illegal aliens, give them 2 weeks paramilitary training, issue large groups of them AKM rifles, then deport them to their home country after encouraging these people to implement economic and political reform.

    3. Legalize, tax, and stringently regulate the illicit drug trade, then annex Mexico. They could use a better life, our economy could use the oil, minerals, and other abundant natural resources that Mexico has to offer. On the drug issue, I yet to hear of a truck bomb go off outside a Kentucky distillery.

    April 27, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Native American

    Come on now you all know that this is all BS....How many of you can say that you were here in the beginning.. the only native to this countrry are the Native Americans and Mexicans..

    April 27, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeremy

    American citizens are supposed to carry state ID at all times. When driving a vehicle, are required to provide license, insurance, and registration. For the people here legally, it will be just as inconvenient to so your driver's license.

    Also Mexican is not a race, neither is being illegal. Latino is a race, but 99% of the illegals are Latino. It can't be called racial profiling when its 99% accurate.

    Fix your own country, stop trying to dominate ours.

    April 27, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mandla

    I say all Mexicans should leave Arizona now. See what happens to the economy when there are no Mexicans or any others of Latin American descent to support it.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bill Smith

    Wait until a 'legal' citizen can't prove that they are. Should everyone start carrying around passports?

    April 27, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. PhooBar

    Funny...
    The Mexican goverment calling anyone out on creating a "negative environment. LOL, can you say Mordida? Corruption? Racisim? Juarez?

    If I had been born a Mexican, I'd be trying to get here too. Any way I could.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Baddogg

    Simple solution. Break a law, even jaywalking then prove you have the right to remain otherwise you will be deported. Simple. Live a decent life and remain undetected, good for you. Run afoul of the law, you lose.

    I'm Canadian but have an idea what it might be like. Keep your documents available and in order and all will be fine. No documents? Bye bye.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. TammyB

    Tyler: This subject is a little more vexing than just having a bigoted Governor. There are a lot of illegals in our state.....they are ILLEGALLY here. The Federal government is and has NEVER done their job in enforcing laws regarding illegal immigration in our state and other border states. I think, more than anything, there had to be SOMETHING done to wake the Feds up! If I do something illegal, I get punished. It should be the same for EVERYONE! I believe that by passing this law, we have effectively started dialogue on this issue as demonstrated here! I hope that the Federal government wakes up, and realizes that we need help in our border states!

    April 27, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. DK

    Americans carry legal documentation. If stopped and don't have ID the law can hold you legally for up to 24 hours and some times more to check you out. Then I remember when the I-9 forms came out, it was to make sure you were legal to work in this Country. They applied it to all so as not to cause race problems. A lot of good it did, look how many illegals are working in this country and I am not just talking about the Hispanics. I carry my ID every place I go. But of course I am just white and profiled as a racist based on by color.

    April 27, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. DK

    If you don't like our laws go home. I wish Arizonia the best and ask them to be truthful & humane with. Most of I hope the succeed in setting up acceptable standards which other States will follow.

    April 27, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JoeFromKokomo

    Hello? A valid Driver's License is proof enough. Too bad the last 6 administrations haven't stepped up to do their job and close the borders. Hats off to Arizona for recognizing the problem and dealing with it in a swift and effective manner. Too bad California didn't do the same 30 years ago.

    April 27, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
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