U.S. border wall in Neco, Arizona.
Latin America: Week in Review, Mexico, United States

Arizona Immigration Law Worries Mexican Government

April 23, 2010 By Staff

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.

Just Published at the Latin America News Dispatch

  • With the conference under way in Cochabamba, Nikolas Kozloff, author of No Rain in the Amazon: How South America’s Climate Affects the Entire Planet, asks how climate change will affect El Niño — an irregular weather pattern that periodically wrecks havoc on the Andes.
  • In the wake of a report criticizing 287(g) and similar programs that deputize local officials to enforce federal immigration law, we wondered what supporters of these programs consider their biggest successes. So Alison Bowen asked around to find out who’s been detained and deported in these programs. She contacted Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which trains the officers, and the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and the Center for Immigration Studies, both groups that support 287(g). Read the latest post at her blog Beyond Borders to find out what they told her.
  • Political analyst Claudia López took some time to discuss paramilitary politics in Colombia with The Latin America News Dispatch after her recent talk at New York University. Watch the newscast here.

Headlines from the Western Hemisphere

North America


Central America

  • The Inter American Press Association is urging Honduran authorities to investigate the killings of six journalists following the murder of journalist Georgino Orellana late Tuesday as he left a TV studio in the city of San Pedro Sula.
  • The Organization of American States expressed “profound worry” about the worsening political situation in Nicaragua, which led to more violent street clashes on Wednesday.
  • House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Thursday it was doubtful that the House will take up pending free trade agreements with Colombia and Panama this year.


Southern Cone

  • Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo wants to impose military rule in the northern half of the country to help soldiers put an end to attacks by a group of leftist guerrillas.
  • A Roman Catholic bishop in Brazil says he strongly supports the police investigation of three priests in his region accused of sexual abuse.
  • Despite the ruling on the disputed pulp mill on the mutual border of Uruguay and Argentina put forth by the International Court of Justice in The Hague, the countries announced they will meet next week to try to achieve a compromise.
  • China continues to refuse imports of Argentine soybean oil until quality is improved.

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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.


culmat says:

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.

No Arizona says:

Join the Facebook Group and get counted as one of the people who will not vacation in AZ until their immigration laws are fair…Why visit a police state?:


Jeff Hayden says:

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.

Mike says:

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……..

Brea says:

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

Valerie says:

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.

Roque Planas says:

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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