Thursday, April 29, 2010

Boise Mexican Consulate Warns Travelers to Arizona

Posted By on Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 9:49 AM

The Mexican Consulate in Boise is circulating an alert to Mexican nationals who plan to travel to Arizona, warning of the dangers implied by the recent passage of Arizona's “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act” (SB1070).

"As was clear during the legislative process, there is a negative political environment for migrant communities and for all Mexican visitors," the travel alert states.

The alert comes from the Mexican Foreign Ministry and urges all visitors to Arizona to carry immigration documents with them, to avoid seeking work along public roadways and to be aware of their "inalienable human rights" under state, U.S. and international law. It also urges that any protest of Arizona's new law be conducted in a peaceable manner.

The Mexican government communicated its concerns to Arizona authorities several times prior to passage of the law.

"Criminalization is not the way to solve the phenomenon of undocumented migration. The existence of cross-border labor markets requires comprehensive, long-term solutions. Joint responsibility, trust and mutual respect should be the basis to address common challenges in North America," the Mexican government said in a press statement.

The Mexican government also pledged to continue to fight organized crime along the border while calling on U.S. officials to "continue to strengthen their actions to curve the demand for drugs and to control the illegal traffic of weapons, bulk cash and chemical precursors."

Read the full travel alert after the jump.

1. In recent days there have been public demonstrations and protests in different cities against the decision of the Governor of the state to sign the law. The events have always been peaceful. It is important to act with prudence and respect local laws.

2. The law will take effect 90 days after the end of the current session of the State Legislature. Thus, at this moment the legal framework remains unchanged. However, as was clear during the legislative process, there is a negative political environment for migrant communities and for all Mexican visitors.

3. Under the new law, foreigners who do not carry the immigration documents issued to them when entering the United States may be arrested and sent to immigration detention centers. Carrying the available documentation, even before the law comes into force, will help avoid needless confrontations. As long 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.

4. The new law will also make it illegal to hire or be hired from a motor vehicle stopped on a roadway or highway, regardless of the immigration status of those involved. While these rules are also not yet in force, extreme caution should be used.

5. Mexican nationals who are in the United States, regardless of their immigration status, have inalienable human rights and can resort to protection mechanisms under international law, U.S. federal law, and Arizona state law. The functions of the five Mexican consulates in Arizona (Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma, Nogales and Douglas) include providing legal advice to all Mexicans who consider they have been subjected to any abuse by the authorities. Nongovernmental organizations have also announced their intention to support those in need.

6. Mexicans in Arizona requiring consular assistance may use the toll-free consular protection phone number, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week: 1-877-6326-6785 (1-877-63CONSUL). The consular network in Arizona has a permanent telephone service, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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