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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    April 28, 2010 at 4:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. PinkAZ40

    This is so funny! And the mexican has the audacity to pass judgment on AZ?

    First: if you are here illegaly-and you are cought in an unlawful act, then a officer has the right to ask you for ID. He does not have the right to walk up to random people and ask for "papers"-that would be racial profiling! NOT allowed, period!!

    If you are legal and for got your I'd at home, you will a chance to bring it to the police station.

    Second; this law is legal, it's been a federal law for many years, it's just that they refused to enforce it, therefore AZ takes into their hands. If AZ could chane immigration laws it would be easier! We can't do we can only mirror federal. Please read this article from 2008..
    laws. http://abcnews.go.com/m/screen?id=6848672

    April 28, 2010 at 5:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. xnavygunner

    And we should care about mexico's opinion why? Are they going to stop sending people to show us? I say bill Mexico for the money their people cost us.

    April 28, 2010 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. Marie

    In order for the Hispanic groups to shut up about racial profiling, the police should simply ask EVERYONE – black, white, asian, hispanic, indian, etc - if they're in the country legally. If I'm pulled over, I don't have a problem being asked (and I'm Hispanic Amerian BTW).

    BTW, for the comments about people insisting they (illegals) come here "for a better life". The last time I checked, there weren't Mexicans starving in the streets of Mexico City. They are hardly dying like people in Rwanda or Sudan. So let's get real. They can afford a house in Mexico, they can purchase a car in Mexico, they can find jobs in Mexico. But they want to come here. and they don't want to have to wait their turn to come here legally. So they're really like petulant children - they want what they want when they want it and they don't want to be told NO. So they sneak across the border and think they have every right to do what they're doing.

    April 28, 2010 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. ast

    There is nothing wrong with investigating someone if they are suspected of a crime. There is something majorly wrong with suspecting someone of a crime based on their skin color. There are alot of hispanics who have been in Arizona longer than any white or black Americans. It wasn't that long ago that Arizona was in Mexico.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  6. bin

    the path to total destruction has began ! relentessly consumpitiom by citizens , segregation ideas an racism thru every window .
    Times will change , and you will not be the frost of the cake anymore .
    Remenber this !!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 28, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. Tony

    The racism is strong with this group. It's funny, I know this old white lady living in Michigan, wife of a physician, never met an illegal immigrant in her life, let alone been affected by one. She says the same racist stuff I hear here, and I suspect many of the people are the same, with no real reason to think poorly of immigrants at all, let alone to revile them as a race. I just say to her, Mom, stop, really, you sound ridiculous complaining from your position of white privilege.

    April 28, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  8. Oh

    Where are your Papers!!!

    April 28, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. Cecil Luten

    I've never seen so many idiots in my life. How can you not say this is illegal? How would you like to take your family to Wal-Mart and get stopped and have to verify your entire family or face arrest. I bet there is not a single poster of latino decent on this entire board that is for this illegal law.

    April 28, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  10. Brad

    Hate to tell you this, Veronica, but everyone, since the beginning of civilization has ventured and lived on another group of people's land for thousands of years. Everyone moves around. What if we weren't here in America and the Native population skyrocketed and they moved onto Canada, or Mexico, or gone overseas? We didn't take the land from the Natives. We simply were moving around to escape persecution based on religious facts. Should we have stayed and be wiped out? Or should we move? I guarantee you most of us would NOT be here if our forefathers had not escaped persecution and moved away. We lived by the rules and laws of the Native in exchange to show them new things while they allowed us to live on parts of their land. It was the greedy ones venturing and prospering further onto new land. It is not racial profiling whatsoever. There isn't even a hint of it. You, along with some others, think we are just targeting a specific group of people. We aren't. We ALL have to go through this process of proving with documentation so the authorities and others don't assume we are up to no good and intending harm against someone or society. Quit your bickering about it being racial profiling. Most of us that support what Arizona is doing would NOT support Arizona if it was indeed racial profiling. We will not tolerate that.

    April 28, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. deputysheriff

    LOL... to all you bone heads who say that you dont carry around proof that you are an American citizen need to wake up..... if you have a drivers license you have proof... by law you are required to prove citizenship before obtaining a license... so you argument is mute

    April 28, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  12. TammyB

    By not doing anything about illegal immigration, and bowing down to the protestors against this law, we are effectively proclaiming that a group of people are above the law. That is, the rest of us legal American citizens have to follow all rules, but the people here illegally don't. How fair is it that a group of people are above the law (beside politicians, of course!)? What incentive do the rest of the law abiding citizens have to follow rules and laws? I'm all for human rights for everyone....but no one should be ABOVE THE LAW.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  13. Eric from AZ

    This country is built with Immigrants. Looking at Asian Community these people work so hard to be here legally in the United States. They cant just cross the Pacific Ocean and swim their behinds to cross the international waters. Every International Airport have Border Security and Immigration booth. I travel for living as an American citizen I am still required to show my US Passport if I visit other countries. If Mexicans do not have/carry their Immigration Papers or green card its like driving without license! So get real face the reality and facts that Arizonans are just sick and tired of illegal Mexicans ruining the beauty of AZ cities and creating a gheto for communities for illegal accommodations !

    April 28, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  14. Tanya

    People need to understand that there are still raciest and predjudice people in our society including law enforcement who wants to be harrassed? I'm a Native American and yes when I leave the reservation I have been pulled over for unnecessary reasons many times and once the officer sees that I'm sober,have a license and insurance Im good to go always with a warning wow its just the idea of always being subject to harrassement. I know there is a problem with illegal immigrants but lawmakers get your heads together and do research and develop a plan and implement it. There are better ways to handle this just have to take the time and find it....Heck look at us it didnt take the Govt long to place us Indians on reservations and confine us but we all know it was wrong but we made it through .May I suggest training your staff better and work more on controlling the borders rather than having an overwhelming dilema and having to put minorities through more unnecessary profiling and harassment.

    April 28, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. glbltrader

    I want to know when we are going to GET Obama's 'papers'. Where does he come from? What were his grades in college? We are asked for our Government ID EVERYDAY, why is this such a big deal???? Arizona is the only government entity that has taken the lead to produce some sort of immigration law to ferret out illegals in our country. The Federal Government is totally impuissant to produce an effective Immigration law.

    April 28, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
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