Mexican president vows to act against U.S. Arizona immigration law

13:25, April 27, 2010      

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The Mexican government will act against a new law targeting immigrants in the U.S. state of Arizona, which borders the Mexican state of Sonora, President Felipe Calderon told a broadcast public event on Monday.

"We are going to act, we have begun and we will do more," Calderon said.

"No one can sit on their hands faced with decisions that affect compatriots so clearly, including those that have contributed to the U.S. growth for generations, not only new arrivals," he said.

"The Mexican government will use all the resources within its reach to defend the rights of those Mexicans who will be affected by this legislation," Calderon said.

On Friday, the U.S. Arizona State governor Jan Brewer signed into law a bill, forcing police to investigate every report of illegal migration and giving citizens the right to sue police officers who do not investigate such reports.

According to immigrants groups in the U.S., the legislation will be used by racists to harass all residents from ethnic minorities.

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