Mexican gov't supports lawsuit against U.S. migratory law

13:47, June 23, 2010      

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The Mexican government said Tuesday that it supports Mexican civil organizations' lawsuit against a migratory law of the U.S. state of Arizona.

The government decided to join the plaintiffs as an "Amicus Curiae (Friend of the court)," Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa said in a statement.

The lawsuit was filed by the Mexican-American Fund of Legal and Education Defense, the National Center of Migratory Law and the American Union of Civil Freedoms against Law SB1070 recently approved in Arizona.The plantiffs ask U.S. courts to declare the law as unconstitutional and impede its enforcement.

Espinosa said it is fundamental and imperative to recognize the human rights of Mexican citizens living in Arizona or any other place of the United State.

"Mexico has the duty to protect its citizens and assure that the ethnic origin not to be used as a criteria to commit discriminatory acts against them," the minister said.

He added that the support to this lawsuit is part of the measures of the Mexican government to strongly protest against any violation to the fundamental human rights of all the Mexicans in Arizona, independently of their migratory status.

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