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Mexican gov't slams Arizona immigration law

Mexican gov't slams Arizona immigration law

POSTED: Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 10:39am

UPDATED: Sunday, April 25, 2010 - 1:22am

MEXICO CITY  - The Mexican government criticized Wednesday a tough immigration law approved this week by Arizona legislators, saying it could result in rights violations and racial profiling and affect cross-border relations.

Mexico's Foreign Relations Department said in a statement relayed through Mexico's U.S. embassy that it viewed the measure with great concern and said it "could have potentially serious effects on the civil rights" of Mexican nationals.

"Mexico views with concern the possible negative effects the measure could have, if approved, on the development of the ties of friendship, culture, commerce and tourism that have characterized Mexico's relations with Arizona for generations," according to the statement.

The law has been approved by the Arizona legislators and is awaiting consideration by Gov. Jan Brewer. The measures makes it a state crime for migrants to be in Arizona without documents.

Mexico also said the bill "opens the door to the inappropriate use of racial profiling."

An estimated 11.8 million Mexicans live in the United States. A large percentage are undocumented, and Arizona has been one of the main routes for undocumented migration into the United States.

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The U.S. Constitution also applies to NON CITIZENS AS STATED IN THE 14TH AMENDMENT.


I am not worried about the rights of the illegals but the rights and liberties of citizens being violated.

The 5th amendment of the U.S. Constitution states that no person is required to answer any question that a law enforcement officer may ask. " You have the right to remain silent". The government has no legal right to stop or detain any person unless they have observed that person commit a crime, have a witness that that person has committed a crime or has probable cause or a warrant from a court.
The U.S. Constitution also applies to ALL

To all but tax paying, law abiding citizens. Just ask the ACLU.

Katie,you are right on ! I'm so tired of that 3'rd world country and all there B.S. get those Illegals out of here ! Thank God the Gov. of arizona did the right thing and hopefully Tx will do the same thing! I'm saddly scepticul though Rick Perry is our Gov. !

The U.S. would benefit by closing the southern border to ALL traffic until we can find and deport the illegals that are here now.

Yes, there would be an economic cost but it would be offset by all the Americans that could be put back to work in the jobs that would be vacated by all the illegals.

Mexico threatens to cut ties ...what a joke ....
please do.

Since Katie contrasts our countries by saying that Mexico's government is corrupt and treats her citizens badly, one is left to assume that she thinks ours is honest and treats our citizens well. Good to hear it Katie! Now you can stop all the griping.

then if mexico doesn't treat the people badly,why are they coming over here in groves to get out of there?....because they know that once they are here,they will be handed everything on a silver platter....

If this was any other country would the Mexican officials been complaining? I'm glad to see that Arizona has taken a stand on illegal immigrants. Every other state needs to follow suit. When you are an illegal immigrant you have no rights. You want rights, stay in Mexico, Cuba, the Phillipines, or whereever you are from. You want rights in the United States then follow the procedures and do it the honest way....apply for citizenship.

Good for Arizona and Farmersbranch. States rights. If the people of Mexico want to come to the U.S. then come in and abide by the immigration laws of America just as your other citizens have done.

Mexico has no moral highground on which to stand. Their government is corrupt and treats her people badly.

Mexico, don't threaten the U.S. You are likely to get a backlash that is simmering and about to come to a full boil.

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