Arizona Immigration Law Worries Mexican Government

U.S. border wall in Neco, Arizona.
U.S. border wall in Neco, Arizona.

U.S. border wall in Neco, Arizona.
U.S. border wall in Neco, Arizona.

Today in Latin America

Top Story — The Mexican Foreign Ministry protested on Wednesday against a proposed Arizona law that would allow police greater authority to detain suspected undocumented immigrants and compel them to provide proof of immigration status.

The Arizona legislature has already passed the bill, SB 1070, but Governor Jan Brewer has yet to sign it.

The message echoed a statement last week from the Mexican Embassy criticizing the proposed law.

“The Mexican Embassy observes with great concern the potentially serious effects for its nationals’ civil rights that could result from certain legal initiatives, like SB 1070,” the statement said.

The press release also said that the Mexican government worried that the law could have “possible negative effects” on relations between the Mexico and Arizona if it were to pass.

The bill has caused controversy nationally, with some opponents saying it amounts to racial profiling.

Approximately 500,000 undocumented immigrants live in the state of Arizona and 90 percent of them are from Mexico, according to Mexico City’s The News, citing figures from the Pew Hispanic Center.

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This post has been corrected. An earlier version said the law “would allow police to stop suspected undocumented immigrants and compel them to provide proof of immigration status.” In fact, the allows police to compel suspected undocumented immigrants to provide proof of documentation only after a police officer has made “lawful contact” with the suspect.

9 comments

  1. why is it ok for illegals to break american law. is it the fault of american tax payers that the govs. of cent. and latin amer. are so corrupt.
    how about trying your own stimulas programby building public housing, roads, water and sewer lines, dams for irrigation projects. how many other jobs would this create?
    no its is easier to export your poor and uneducted to amer. your cheap labor is hurting amer. driving it to a third world country.
    no i dont blame illegals for amer. problem. it is our system of being so accepting. but remember when america fails that only leaves russia and china. do you beleive they will be as accepting or willing to help your nations.
    except for cuba you are all freely elected gov. where do americans flee when things go bad, we dont we wait till the next election and vote for someone new.
    i am not against immigration just illegal immigration, i say to those who follow the law welcome, but to those who come illegally it time to say adios.
    remember when america fails the world will be in trouble.

  2. Who cares what the Mexican Government thinks of our laws? Why don’t they transform their potentially great nation into a place that it’s citizens can be proud of and not want to escape.

  3. Tell the Mexican Government to shut up or we will pass a law modeled on their immigration law, Mexican immigration law is much tougher than Arizona’s new law AND they enforce it. Hippocritical b……..

  4. First of all i don’t know why when they say ILLEGAL people they all refer to all the
    Mexican People, their is more illegal people here in the United States that aren’tlegal here. Everyone is an immgrant here In the U.S.A

  5. I don’t think this article summarizes the law accurately, and I wonder if the Mexican government has any idea what the text of the law says.

    This law does not allow law officers to stop anybody they see. It does allow them to ask for ID (typically, driver’s license) when somebody is ALREADY STOPPED under the usual, lawful standard (probable cause – in traffic stops, that would include driver and passengers). I am an American citizen, white, female, with a Texas accent. I have been asked for the same ID required in this law every time I have ever been stopped.

    If this law were as quoted, most US citizens would disapprove of it.

  6. Thank you for your comment, this post has been corrected. According to the text of the bill, law enforcement officers can compel a suspect to provide proof of citizenship only after making “lawful contact.” However, please note that under this new law, suspected undocumented immigrants would have to provide proof of legal immigration status–a driver’s license would not suffice.

    Roque Planas
    General Manager
    Latin America News Dispatch

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