Mexico Files Brief in AZ Immigration Case
Via the BBC: Mexico challenges Arizona’s immigration law:
The Mexican government submitted arguments as a “friend of the court”, or amicus curiae, meaning it is not a party to the case, but is offering a legal opinion which it believes has bearing on it.
It is in support of a case brought by a group of civil rights organisations, including the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the National Immigration Law Center, and the American Civil Liberties Union.
I am not a fan of the Arizona immigration bill for a variety of reasons, as I do believe that despite what the text of the bill says (an yes, I have read it) it inevitably leads to racial profiling. Further, I have serious doubts about its ultimate efficacy amongst other issues.
Having said that, I think that the Mexican government’s direct involvement here is counterproductive and will only have the effect of agitating a large number of Arizona citizens who will see this as an outsider getting involved in the internal business of the state. Further, it will fuel the “it’s an invasion!” rhetoric and attitudes that prevail in some quarters of the immigration debate. It will also further the notion in the minds of some that there is an active and conscious alliance between illegal immigrants, US civil rights organization and a foreign government. None of this strikes me as helpful.