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Mexico has asked a United States District Court to declare Arizona's new immigration law unconstitutional, arguing that it would compromise relations between the two countries.

Citing an interest in defending the rights of its citizens, lawyers for Mexico submitted a legal brief Tuesday backing of one of five lawsuits challenging the law, The Associated Press reported. The legislation, which gives police power to stop and question anyone they suspect is in the country illegally, goes into effect June 29.

Mexico said it had "grave concerns" that the law passed in April would lead to racial profiling, hinder trade and tourism and damage cross-border efforts to fight drug crimes, the AP said.


"Mexican citizens will be afraid to visit Arizona for work or pleasure out of concern that they will be subject to unlawful police scrutiny and detention," the brief said.

Mexico said its interest in having consistent relations with the United States shouldn't be hindered by one state, according to the AP.

A federal judge in Arizona will decide whether to accept Mexico's request, along with similar briefs submitted by groups within the United States.

Earlier this month, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the Justice Department, at President Obama's direction, "will be bringing a lawsuit" to challenge the controversial law. On Friday, a senior Obama administration official confirmed to CBS News that a federal challenge to the law would be filed when the government finishes building a case.

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plupton5

I agree with the law...it is the right thing to do...now action is happening and the ole pres doesn't like it cuz he didn't think of it....he is so arrogant! This is not Mexico...they need to go home and do it the right way and quit sneaking in our country illegally!!! For goodness sake...we have enough problems to fix!! Let Mexico fix there own country! Most all of them are criminals over there anyway...I know as the politicians steal from the people and let crime continue to be rampant...now it is trickling over here...for years!!! Jan, good work so far and my GOD stay on your side....

July 06 2010 at 9:37 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
Karen

"Mexican citizens will be afraid to visit Arizona for work or pleasure out of concern that they will be subject to unlawful police scrutiny and detention," the brief said.

That's okay, U.S. Citizens have been afraid for years driving to Mexico because of The Mexican government's corruption. Ask anyone who drives from Arizona to Mexico for vacation.

July 06 2010 at 8:21 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
old750

I personnally agree with the law. Illegal Means ILLEGAL. My great great grandparents came here legally. And learned how to speak english, and worked for everything they received. None of which came from the government. An immigrant came here, followed the process, became a citizen, worked hard, bought a house, prospered, or didn't. That is what America is about. Not getting financial assistance for babies you can't afford to have in the first place. Come on Pres. Obama, get on the ball and follow through with what the people want. Not what your political money buddies want....

July 06 2010 at 3:47 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
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plupton5

Well said, this is the way it should be...the culture is just sick that we are catching on to what they are doing...sneaking in illegally and no one has done a thing in the past...right...

July 06 2010 at 9:39 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
ettu

What relationship is Calderon addressing, the one where we take all the Mexican criminals, and send billions of American dollars into Mexico as a "thank you?" If Calderon was concerned about relations, he would request assistance from the American military, to help clean up his mess of a country. Perhaps then his citizens would not be entering America in droves, ILLEGALLY.

July 03 2010 at 10:00 AM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
dmgg711

If you want to know why the United States is so lenient with Mexico read up to the history of the Mexican-American War and the Guadalupe Hidalgo Treat.

Also you will better understand why Governor Jan Brewer has pulled Mexican American History and Mexican American Culture from the Arizona schools. These classes taught the history of how the United States invaded Mexico and kept amending the Guadalupe Hildago Treaty taking away promises made to the Mexican's who stayed in their land to become American Citizens only to have their land taken from them to give to the white settlers. Read and understand the prejudice that still exists today toward Mexican Americans and Mexicans!

July 02 2010 at 8:31 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
ettu

Well, Mr Calderon, I'm pretty sure "compromising relations with foreign countries" is not addressed in our Constitution. Protecting American CITIZENS definitely is in the Constitution, and the Federal Gov't has overall responsibility, to be assisted by the States.

June 26 2010 at 8:23 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
belmarjo1

All illegal Mexicans should be returned to Mexico.

June 26 2010 at 5:27 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
rangernace

Why does Mexico object to AZ law when Mexico's own immigration laws are way more stringent? Why does Mexico even have input? It's not like they are paying US taxes or responsible for any of the costs associated with illegal immigration...which is the issue...not legal immigration.

June 25 2010 at 8:30 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
slashbolt2010

Can anyone confirm Cowboybill117 comments about the cell phone and abduction story?

Cowboybill????

Anyone????

June 25 2010 at 12:03 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
pulsefire

1- Does Mexico have any legal standing in filing a suit?
2- I assume if Mexico is so concerned that its citizens will be mistreated or abused, it would be more than happy to have them back. I think our tax dollars would be well spent in providing one way bus tickets.
3- "Mexican citizens will be afraid to visit Arizona....". Don't be afraid. Just don't come. No one is forcing you.
4- If, God forbid, the Arizona law is overturned, would that mean that the federal statures that the law is based on would also be overturned?
5- Again, if the Arizona law is overturned, maybe Arizona could write another statute identical to Mexican laws regarding illegal immigrants. By the way, I don't live in Arizona but I support the law completely.

June 23 2010 at 6:02 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
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dmgg711

I don't live in Arizona but if I wanted to spend some time with my friends in Arizona I would have second thoughs. Why? Because I am Mexican American and I know I would be stopped because of the color of my skin. Just as my mother was stopped by Immigration in Sacramento, California in 1952 as she was walking down the street, it will happen again and again. We go back 7 generations Mexican American (includes my great grandchildren) and the prejudice is still there against us.

July 02 2010 at 7:38 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply

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