Mexico Joins Suit Against Az 1070
This situation is getting more and more confusing by the day.
Mexico on Tuesday filed a brief in federal court in Arizona supporting a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a tough new immigration law, Mexico's foreign ministry said.
This is a challenge to a state law being brought by a foreign government? According to this brief, Mexican citizens will be afraid to visit Arizona for work or pleasure.
The law creates "an imminent threat of state-sanctioned bias or discrimination, resulting not only in individual injury but also in broader social and economic harms to its citizens." "Given the public rhetoric by the Arizona Governor and other state officials," the brief says, "Mexico is rightfully concerned for the civil rights of its citizens in Arizona." The law gives local police officers "carte blanche authority to stereotype and to rely on the popular perception that appearances and foreign-ness" are justifiable reasons to treat members of a targeted group differently, it says.
Maybe it is time to move ahead on a suggestion made by local politician Lyle Larson who recently said "its time to send Mexico an invoice."