Mexican state to sever ties with Arizona over anti-immigrant law

13:44, May 13, 2010      

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The Mexican state Coahuila said Wednesday that it will sever its ties with Arizona in response to a new law enacted by the U.S. state that targets immigrants.

"We completely annul any contact and exchange between the two states," Humberto Moreira Valdes, governor of Mexico's Coahuila state, said at a press conference. Coahuila state borders the U.S. state of Texas.

"The rejection of this law is so strong that even governors of some U.S. states have rejected it," he said.

The Arizona law orders police to investigate any report of migrants who may be in the state without proper documentation and gives citizens the right to sue officers who fail to do so.

Critics said under the legislation, police can immediately jail anyone without proper papers, which will result in possible harassment of ethnic minorities.

Moreira said he will urge other Mexican states to take countermeasures against the law as well.

Last month, Mexican President Felipe Calderon publicly promised that his government will act against the legislation.

U.S. President Barack Obama also issued statements condemning the new legislation.

Some 10 percent of Mexican citizens live in the United States, and the money they send home constitutes Mexico's third largest source of foreign income after oil and tourism. Mexico fears that Arizona's anti-immigrant law could put many of them in jeopardy.

Source:Xinhua

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