Following the adoption in the state of Arizona,
United States, of the “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe
Neighborhoods Act” (SB1070), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of
Mexico makes the following recommendations to Mexican nationals who
have scheduled trips to that entity, or that reside or study in its
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.
7. Mexican Consulates in Arizona:
Consulate General of Mexico in Phoenix
1990 West Camelback Road Suite 110, Phoenix, Arizona, 85015
08:00 to 17:00 (602) 242-7398
Consulate of Mexico in Tucson
553 South Stone Avenue, Tucson, Arizona, 85701
8:00 - 17:00 hrs (520) 882-5595
Consulate General of Mexico in Nogales
135 W. Cardwell St., Nogales, Arizona, 85621
8:00 to 17:00 (520) 287-2521 ,287-3381
Consulate of Mexico in Douglas
1201 "F" Avenue, Douglas, Arizona, 85607
08:00 to 17:00 (520) 364-3107
Consulate of Mexico in Yuma
298 S. Main Street, Yuma, Arizona, 85364
08:00-17:00 hrs, (928) 343-0066