Friday, April 16, 2010
Mexico Speaks on the State of Arizona's Efforts to Regulate Immigration (and Persons of Mexican Ancestry Generally)
Washington D.C., Abril 15, 2010 STATEMENT FROM THE EMBASSY OF MEXICO (Attributable to Spokesman, Ricardo Alday)
The Embassy of Mexico is deeply concerned by the potentially dire effects that the final enactment of legislative initiatives, such as SB1070 currently under discussion in Arizona, may have for the Civil Rights of Mexican nationals. As it has been raised by national Latino and immigrant rights organizations, initiatives that exclusively criminalize immigration create opportunities for an unduly enforcement of the law through racial profiling. Mexico also observes with concern the likelihood of negative effects that this measure, should it be approved, may have for the future development of friendship, commercial, touristic and cultural ties that have characterized the relationship between Mexico and Arizona for generations, particularly with the State of Sonora. Through its vast consular network, the Government of Mexico will continue to provide any and all consular assistance required by our nationals in this country in order to guarantee the protection and full exercise of their fundamental rights regardless of their immigration status.
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One rationale for federal regulation of immigration (and the plenary power doctrine) is the potential negative foreign affairs impacts of state and local regulation. The Arizona law suggests that, at least in some instances, this fear may be quite real.