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. jamesey

    People are taking this WAAAY out of context, it isn't like cops are going to be sitting at every stop light, every store, and on every corner..

    This is for the people that hang outside home depot, this is for the car loads of people on the highway, this is for the guy that doesn't have any insurance or ID, and they find out he is illegal driving on the highway and hits a car and runs.

    This is for so many more things and you people just focus on racial profiling. This is for anyone, white, black, hispanic, asian, whatever. If a cop hears you speaking another language he can card you, no big deal..

    Card me all you want, I lived next door to a house with 20 people in it. They built bedrooms in the garage, had lockers there too for all the people coming in and out. The place was trashed. Yes, they were illegal.

    We have to take a stand sometime. It is a well known fact that illegals try to get here, have a baby, (of course they can't pay for it, so I will in my taxes) and then their kid is an american citizen by magic. You could never deport an american citizens parents could you? It would be awful!

    The fact is we are so worried about being politically correct we are going to bankrupt ourselves. All these people on our infrastructure that don't pay taxes and send the money over to mexico helps us only by giving us cheap food, but we end up paying that in other ways by having to have more schools, more kids/teacher, medical facilities, infrastructure, crime. I will gladly pay more for a head of lettuce.

    I laugh at everyone crying racist. If you are minding your own business you won't get harassed. If you do, have your license or whatever the requirement will be and move on, it won't be bad.

    I wish they would implement fingerprint readers in every car, it isn't expensive technology. Everyone then has to go register their fingerprint. A cop harasses you, runs your fingerprint (unless you chop off your finger and accidently leave it at home you should have it) and then you are on your merry way.

    You let your cousin register as you? Well.. you are out of luck then..

    This is a good step to securing our borders, if illegals (of all countries) know that they will have a tough time here instead of thinking it is a utopia then they might not come here for a free meal and doctor checkup in the emergency room, which costs a lot more than a regular checkup, but they don't care, they aren't paying for it anyway.

    April 27, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Big John C

    15 years ago I married a Mexican citizen. 3 years ago we initiated the naturalization process. My spouse – having passed the 100 question exam (which I seriously doubt even the most learned of the US citizenry could pass) – is now a full-fledged United States citizen. My spouse speaks fully fluent English, is a contributor to society, has a valid U.S. passport, drivers license, social security card, and full-time job. What the Arizona law says is that my spouse can be singled out, pulled over, and questioned as to the status of my spouse's immigration status. As my spouse is now a 100% American, why should my spouse be singled out any more than, say, Bill the white banker or Mike the black lawyer, or Phil the Asian plumber? My spouse has earned – earned – the right to be here through the proper legal channels and does not take it for granted. How would middle-American farmer Brown like it if one day a cop pulled him aside at the local burger joint and – in front of his peers – made him produce his immigration papers? I (being born in the United States to a 4th and 5th generation American couple) was taught that it was in other countries that the citizens were made to carry their citizenship papers on their person. While there is clearly a massive immigration problem (to which our elected officials are providing mostly lip service) , I think that the propositions set forth in Arizona are not the right way to solve those problems. If a person wishes to receive medical attention at a public hospital or clinic, he/she should then be made to show his/her ID – much the same way an insurance ID is required. If a person is sent to jail, same thing – the judge should be allowed to determine citizenship. In other words, there are ways to address the problem without my spouse – or any other full-fledged American citizen – being asked to present his/her citizenship documentation.

    April 27, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jamesey

    For all the people that state about the native americans etc...

    give me a break..

    there was no infrastructure then, no burden of paying into a system like there is now. Things are different now, we have taxes, and infrastructure, things that didn't exist then. So the open door policy doesn't stand like it used to.

    You want open doors? Can you imagine if it was free flowing? You would have a ton of mexicans coming from mexico, you would have a ton of indians from india and other asian countries, you would have a ton of asians from china and other countries.

    Have you seen their infrastructures? Their governments can't keep up, there would be a population explosion in the united states.

    Your life wouldn't be so rosey as it is now, typing on your computer.. housing would be much more expensive, you would be living with your parents because you can't afford to have your own place. Joblessness..

    There is a time when you have to draw a line in the sand, and AZ has done that..

    You have to wake up and smell the coffee, the united states has turned a blind eye to many things for so long, the people are starting to get fed up.

    April 27, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mo

    This is a Federal problem. Period.
    This failure of Arizona will show in due time. This knee jerk reaction is due to the frustration of how the Feds refuse to address the problem. Mexicans come here illegally because it's EASY. Period. They can work, escape an awful government and a tough life. We'd all do the same thing i that situation.
    With that said...I do not want to continue paying for illegal citizens in any shape or form. I'm just as angry as anyone else but I hate seeing knee jerk reactions. We are a smart nation that can figure this out together.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jesse berger

    yeah, and when the cops stop every hispanic they see, I bet checking papers is all they'll do. DISCRIMINATION! I bet they'll be illegally searching people too. ACLU please help!

    April 27, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Maurice

    We should send the government of Mexico a flower arrangement, a box of chocolates and a "Thank You" note for warning their people against coming to Arizona. They are so very nice to help us solve the problem that we face with the millions of illegals invading our country from the south.

    They are doing us a favor. Could they please extend the same courtesy to the other states?

    April 27, 2010 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dan

    Arizona = NAZIZONA

    April 27, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Scott Anderson

    WE CANNOT ADOPT 10 million people? ( I think its really more like 20 million) OUR AMERICAN CHILDREN WILL HAVE TO COMPETE WITH MEXICAN CHILDREN FOR THE FEW JOBS LEFT IN THIS COUNTRY!!!!!!! YOU SNUCK INTO THIS COUNTRY AND TOOK OVER EVERY F'ING JOB THAT DOES NOT REQUIRE A DIPLOMA. THE DEFAULT PROFESSION FOR AMERICANS THAT DID NOT FARE WELL IN SCHOOL WAS CONSTRUCTION WHICH IS THE FIRST COMPONENT OF OUR ECONOMY,WELL YOU ILLEGAL JOB STEALING RESOURCE STEALING COMMUNITY CRUSHING MEXICAN TRESPASSERS HAVE TAKEN THAT PROFESSION OVER ENTIRELY, YOU HAVE TAKEN ALL THE MAINTENANCE JOBS AND THE DOMESTIC JOBS AND THE ETC.... YOU INVADERS HAVE TAKEN WHAT IS AND BELONGS TO US!!!!!! AND MY GOVNMNT SUCKS FOR EVEN MENTIONING AMNESTY. AMERICANS STAND UP AND FIGHT MAKE YOURSELF HEARD CALL OUR CONGRESSMEN AND SENATORS AND GIVE THEM HELL!!!!!!!!!!! HELL NO NO AMNESTY WE NEED OUR RESOURCES FOR AMERICANS!!!!!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MRC

    To all the poeple saying "its cool, I'm legal." – That's great, I bet you never did drugs, so you won't mind if the cops check your house, right? I bet you always filed all your taxes perfect, you mind if IRS pulls all your bank records, right? You're a good citizen? Great. Do you mind if I check your browsing history? Hmmm, some of that looks like pornography to me.

    Think about what comes next people. presumed innocent is what makes us civilized.

    April 28, 2010 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  10. Monsterkittie

    @ jim & Citizen:
    The new passport card is great! Fits in my wallet, government issued ID (just can't use it for overseas flights)...and being on the border, I have had to use it to prove citizenship at the 20-mile checkpoints so I can travel further inland.
    So, I carry my passport card in case I go to Mexico (haven't since November) or just need it for ID.

    April 28, 2010 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  11. LDW

    The amount of ignorance being shown here is staggering. Not only does this set the rest of American citizens up for Gestapo type 'papers please' actions, it also shows how little you know how your own country is run.
    Americans live a life of privilege compared to a lot of nations, but we have no idea how that is made possible,
    Just like the South's (as in Confederate States of America) prosperity was built upon the backs of (literally) slave labor, so is our modern day America.
    The only reason you and I can enjoy the relativity low prices of produce is because of these illegals. Vegetables and fruit are only the tip of the iceberg.
    While I do not condone the breaking of most laws, nor do I like the violence brought on by drugs and their associated activities that some illegals make possible, making it legal to stop someone merely for the color of their skin, they types of clothes they were, or the cooked up whims of police is not only scary, it sets a president that is dangerous for everyone.
    The fact that so many of you would trade away your freedom(s) for the illusion of security means you deserve neither. A great and wise man named Benjamin Franklin said that.
    The reason that America is failing is because we the people are morons. Incapable of making our own choices, incapable of having any more than two choices for a President, incapable of holding ourselves responsible for our own actions and shortcomings.
    I can assure you that illegals are the least of our problems.
    I have lived in Florida, California & Texas, and 90% of the Central & South Americans I have met epitomize the American Dream better most Americans.
    The work for what they want, the earn what the get, and they don't think that just because they were born that the world owes them something.
    I am SWM, born and raised here, and I am embarrassed to admit I am an American most days. Because of the very ignorance that has been displayed here.

    April 28, 2010 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ex-Arizonan

    Maybe we should make them all wear stars so the cops know who they are.

    April 28, 2010 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
  13. JE

    Racial profiling. For all who are saying, "there's nothing wrong with this law if you're legal; there's nothing to worry about, etc", if it was your race that was being stopped and asked to prove your legality, I'm sure you wouldn't be looking at it the same way. But since it's against others that don't look like you, all of a sudden it's ok. It's as if past discrimination and past efforts to demean certain groups of people have taught us nothing.

    April 28, 2010 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  14. Andre

    Mexicans feel entitled to break US laws because we allow it and because Mexicans have a very racist id4ea that they have a right to this land, this infrastructure.

    Most of you need to open a history book, or a geography book. The Southwest was populated with Indian tribes that would have scalped the Mexicans encroaching their lands, they wouldn't have cared your skin is brown. The idea that Mexicans own the Western hemisphere is not only totally misguided but completely racist. Can you get more racist than saying you can invade other countries because your race justifies it?

    There is plenty of naziism going around and it is coming from LA RAZA, the most racist and intolerant country in the world outside of the Middle East; MEXICO!

    April 28, 2010 at 3:44 am | Report abuse |
  15. Darric

    Good one Andre,

    But us white folk who have no claim to this land can take it because of our shnazzy repeater rifles?

    Furthermore, those of you who are in full support of this law being passed will live to regret it.

    It is ok for our police to stop anyone that looks Mexican, and provide proof that they are not here illegally?

    So I guess its cool that we stop black folks, and make sure that they aren't caring illegal crack?

    Why don't we all subject ourselves to screening upon entering the super market and make sure that we don't have any outstanding warrants... This service will come with a complimentary full cavity search and implanting of neuron synaptic control chips in the back of our skulls.

    Everyone grab your ankles.

    April 28, 2010 at 3:55 am | Report abuse |
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