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|SRE Press Statement on SB1070 Law|
Foreign Affairs Secretariat - Presidencia de la República
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July 29, 2010
The Foreign Affairs Secretariat (SRE) expressed the Mexican government's approval of the decision by the Federal District Court in Arizona to provisionally suspend passage of certain sections of the SB1070 Law. This is a first step in the right direction.
The provisional suspension will prevent police from the state of Arizona from using the SB1070 Law to investigate, on the basis of reasonable doubt, a person's migratory condition when he is arrested; detaining an individual suspected of being undocumented without an arrest warrant or requiring him to carry documentation identifying him as an immigrant and stop state authorities from criminalizing undocumented work. These are the sections of the law that have been suspended following today's decision.
The Mexican government has implemented and will continue strengthening actions to prevent violations of migrants' rights and provide them with consular protection in the event that Mexicans' rights are violated.
In its five consulates in Arizona, the Mexican government has established and reinforced various rapid response mechanisms to ensure that effective legal action is provided in the specific cases where Mexicans’ rights are violated.
In this respect, it has expanded and we will continue reinforcing the Network of Lawyers in the Program of Legal Assistance through Legal Consultancy (PALE) as well as through the Network of Legal Consultants. We will also increase consular presence in the Arizona detention centers and permanent communication with the federal authorities to find out about any incident involving a Mexican.
I have instructed the Director General of Protection of Mexicans Abroad to travel to Phoenix to supervise these measures of consular protection implemented by the Foreign Affairs Secretariat ever since the SB1070 Law was passed.
With the support of organizations in civil society active in the defense of human rights, we will identify and register possible cases of violations of Mexican nationals' rights. We will inform the migrant community of the effects of the SB1070 law through a greater number of community and educational forums. We will continue reinforcing personalized attention 24 hours a day through the call center set up in Arizona to provide orientation for those affected (1-877-63CONSUL).
We will intensify the training of consular personnel regarding the scope of the SB1070 law and increase the distribution of materials for preventive protection, through leaflets and cards that promote the knowledge of the basic rights of our fellow countrymen.
I have also instructed the five Mexican consulates in Arizona to continue visiting our communities through mobile consulates which, in addition to their usual office hours, will continue working on Saturdays until further notice to guarantee consular service.
The Mexican government hails the determination shown by the US government and the actions of civil organizations that filed demands against the SB1070 Law.
The Mexican government also thanks the governments of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Peru which joined the "Friend of the Court" motion submitted by Mexico.
In keeping with its firm commitment to the protection of the rights of Mexicans abroad, regardless of their migratory status, the Mexican Government will continue following up the legal process derived from the decision of the District Court and higher courts until the SB1070 is declared unconstitutional.
Source: Head Office of Media and Communication. Foreign Affairs Secretariat (SER).