Mexican gov't supports protests against Arizona immigrantion law

12:37, May 15, 2010      

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The Mexican government will participate in protests organized in the United States by civil organizations against the tough immigration law approved in the U.S. state of Arizona, Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa said Friday.

Espinosa told reporters that the law is "a racially based initiative" which is against "the exercise of human rights in a country."

The controversial law, approved on April 23 by Arizona's governor Jan Brewer, allows police to detain any person suspected of being an illegal immigrant in the United States.

Apart from participating in the protests, Mexico is exploring the possibility of carrying out other actions in international forums, under the principle of "Friends of the Court," which allows a third party to intervene in a judicial dispute, Espinosa said.

Espinosa noted that Mexico's "strong reaction" to the Arizona law coincides with the positions of U.S. President Barack Obama and others who have criticized the measure.

Espinosa said she respected the boycotts organized by social networks in Mexico, but added that the government must "seek the path of dialogue or take preventive actions."

Source: Xinhua

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