Mexico Files Brief In U.S. Federal Court Against Arizona Immigration Law

The Arizona-Mexico border at Nogales.
The Arizona-Mexico border at Nogales.
The Arizona-Mexico border at Nogales.
The Arizona-Mexico border at Nogales.

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Top Story — The Mexican government asked a U.S. federal court this week to declare Arizona’s new immigration law unconstitutional, stating that Mexico’s interests and its citizens’ rights are at risk and that the law could damage bilateral relations.

The law requires police officers to check the immigration status of people they stop, if there is reason to suspect that they are undocumented immigrants. The law also restricts the hiring or transportation of day laborers, and allows for lawsuits against government agencies not enforcing immigration laws.

“Mexican citizens will be afraid to visit Arizona for work or pleasure out of concern that they will be subject to unlawful police scrutiny and detention,” said the brief filed by the Mexican government, according to the New York Daily News.

Mexico filed the arguments as a “friend of the court,” or amicus curiae, which means that it is offering a legal opinion, but is not a party in to the case. Mexico does however support the case brought by a group of civil rights organisations, which includes the National Immigration Law Center, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Arizona’s law enjoys popular support throughout Arizona where some residents fear the growing influx of Mexicans across the border, but has been criticized by the Obama administration and governments throughout Latin America.

“Mexico has a duty to protect its citizens and ensure that their ethnic origin is not used as a basis for committing discriminatory acts,” the Mexican foreign ministry said in a statement, according to the BBC.

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  1. I KEEP WONDERING WHY ALL JOURNALISTS PREFER NOT TO ALSO FIND FAULT WITH MEXICO’S CONGRESS OBVIOUS DISREGARD FOR ALL OF THE MEXICAN CITIZENS WHO ARE FORCED TO LEAVE THEIR COUNTRY IN SEARCH OF A BETTER LIFE IN THE UNITED STATES. MEXICO’S PRESIDENT PREFERS TO JOIN A LAW SUIT THAT TARGETS IMMIGRANTS AND CHICANOS BUT HE DOES NOT SUE HIMSELF OR HIS CONGRESS (PAN CONTROLLED) FOR NOT IMPLEMENTING A REAL JOBS PROGRAM FOR HIS CITIZENS SO THEY DO NOT HAVE TO SUFFER AT THE HANDS OF GRINGOS. I BELIEVE THAT THE MEXICAN JOURNALISTS ARE BOUGHT TO IGNORE CONGRESSIONAL OBLIGATIONS AND OPT TO LOOK AT THE AMERICAN CONGRESS AS THE BODY MORE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE WELFARE OF MEXICAN CITIZENS HOW ABOUT ASSIGNING A REPORTER TO REPORT ON THE MEXICAN REPORTERS WHO NEED TO DO A BETTER JOB!

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