Mexico advises against travel to Arizona as U.S. officials debate 1070Posted: Updated:
American visitors to Mexico have been told for months by the united states government to avoid travel south of the border due to drug violence. Now the Mexican government is telling its citizens to avoid travel to Arizona because of Senate Bill 1070
Mexican visitors to Pima county spend an average of $2.4-Million a day according to the Mexican consulate.
"Mexican people pay taxes in the United States -- in Arizona. They live in Arizona. They have their children born in Arizona," says Tucson Mexican Consulate Juan Calderon.
But Mexican officials say the signing of Senate Bill 1070 is an indication that Arizona doesn't recognize Mexicans' contribution to the economy.
And now, the government has issued a warning to the Mexican people. "The message is very simple. To explain to the Mexican people to be alert to travel to Arizona, especially in this specific time," says Calderon.
The travel alert says the Senate Bill creates a negative political environment for all Mexican visitors and that it must be assumed that every Mexican citizen may be harassed and questioned without cause at any time.
Meanwhile, both locally and on Capitol Hill, governments debate whether to fight the law as being unconstitutional. "From an ICE standpoint and from a DHS standpoint, we have some deep concerns with the law from a law enforcement perspective," says former Arizona Governor and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
Tuesday the Tucson city council met in executive session for about a half hour to determine how they would handle 1070.
"The law, though signed by the governor, doesn't go into effect for 90 days after the session ends, so we don't know the effective date yet, and I will be keeping the council informed on developments with respect to the bill," says Tucson City Attorney Mike Rankin.
Yet as the government on this side of the border goes with a "wait and see" approach, Mexico's government acts now. "We believe that this is not the moment to have this bill. The solution is another way," explains Juan Calderon.