Calderón also called for common effort on immigration during the same speech: “For us migration is not just your problem. We see it as our problem as well. My government does not favor the breaking of rules. I fully respect the right of any country to enact and enforce its own laws. But what we need today is to fix a broken system. We favor the establishment of laws that work, and work well for us all. So the time has come for the United States and Mexico to work together on this issue. The time has come to reduce the causes of migration, and to turn this phenomenon into one of legal, ordered and secure flows of workers and visitors. I want to recognize the hard work and leadership of many in the Senate and the House, and of President Obama, who are determined to find responsible and objective answers to this issue. I am convinced that a comprehensive immigration reform is also crucial to securing our common border.
“However, I strongly disagree with the recently adopted law in Arizona. It is a law that not only ignores a reality that cannot be erased by decree, but also introduces a terrible idea, using racial profiling as a basis for law enforcement. And that is why I agree with President Obama who said the new law ‘carries a great amount of risk when core values that we all care about are breached.’” (Presidencia 5/20)
President Calderón warned Mexicans against unnecessary travel to Arizona, saying their human rights could be at risk, while hinting at an economic boycott: “The contribution of Mexicans to the development of U.S. society, and in particular Arizona, has been significant. I believe that not only will Mexicans lose as a result of being the target of this threat, but the U.S. and Arizona will also lose, since their citizens depend precisely on trade flows and the presence of Mexicans in the state.” Calderón said staffing had been increased at the five consulates in the state, and that the government would work through all channels to have the law repealed. (Excelsior 5/2)
The Office of the President denounced Arizona’s anti-immigrant law:
The Government of Mexico condemns the approval of Law SB1070 “Immigration, Enforcement of the Law, and Safe Neighborhoods” by the State of Arizona, signed on April 23d by Governor Janice K. Brewer.
The criminalization of the migration phenomenon, far from contributing to cooperation and collaboration between Mexico and the State of Arizona, represents an obstacle for the solution of the common problems of the frontier region and in North America as a whole.
The Office of the President of the Republic reiterates its absolute commitment to the protection of the Human Rights and the dignity of all Mexicans abroad, independently of their immigration status. The Government of Mexico will use all the means at its disposal in order to assist its nationals.
A useful Arizona state Senate fact sheet on the bill is available here.