Wednesday, July 12, 2017



Note: as always it is about nationals in the U.S. illegally.
Those living in the U.S. legally typically keep their green cards on them.

Mexican Consulate's campaign encourages Mexican nationals to have documents ready

People wait inside the Mexican Consulate office Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in McAllen. The office is encouraging Mexican citizens living in the U.S. to get their immigration papers in order in case they are detained following the passing of SB4 into law.
Nathan Lambrecht

Guillermo Ordorica Robles, Mexican consul at the McAllen office, talks about his efforts to make sure Mexican citizens living in the area have their immigration paperwork in order Tuesday July 11, 2017, in McAllen.
Nathan Lambrecht

McALLEN — The Mexican Consulate here wants to help Mexican nationals be prepared in case they unexpectedly have to leave the country.

It launched a new campaign this week, "Protect Your Important Documents," to encourage Mexicans living in Hidalgo, Starr and Brooks counties to organize their paperwork and have it easily accessible.

"The (Mexican) community is asking for the support of the consulate in face of the uncertainty that exists in the state of Texas and along the border region about what could happen to them given possible migratory actions leading to deportation," Guillermo Ordorica Robles, Mexico's consul general in McAllen, said in Spanish.

Starting this week, all visitors to the consulate will receive a complimentary file folder in which to store identification and financial documents, such as birth certificates, passports, consular ID cards, bank statements, tax returns and academic certificates.

Consular officials gave out more than 200 folders on Monday alone.

Ordorica Robles attributes rising uncertainty in the community to anti-immigrant rhetoric nationwide and the passage of Senate Bill 4 in Texas.

SB 4, which is set to take effect Sept. 1, allows local law enforcement officers to ask people, who have been arrested or detained, about their immigration status. It also mandates cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

"People fear, which is normal, that they could be deported at any moment," Ordorica Robles said.

Since Gov. Greg Abbott signed SB 4 into law on May 7, the number of Mexicans in Texas calling the Center for Information and Assistance for Mexicans increased 678 percent compared to May and June of last year, according to Mexico's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. CIAM is a 24-hour hotline run by Mexico's network of U.S. consulates.

Ordorica Robles also said the McAllen consulate has seen an increase in Mexican nationals requesting legal information and expedited consular documents.

"We are encouraging people to come to the consulate to inform themselves and to obtain their documents — their birth certificate, voter ID, consular ID card — so in case they have to leave the country, they'll do so in an orderly manner," he said. "The consulate is their ally — we're going to support them and represent them."

Note: The mayor and majority of council are with the pro criminal democrat party.
The new Phx police chief is from Calif.

Phoenix police mulls altering immigration-enforcement policy
UPDATED: JULY 11, 2017 AT 7:46 PM

PHOENIX — The Phoenix Police Department is considering policy changes that would limit when and where a person's immigration status applies to local police work.

The revised immigration-enforcement policy would bar officers from asking a crime victim or witness about their immigration status.

It also would prohibit school-resource officers from contacting Immigration and Customs Enforcement while on school grounds, according to a draft version of the policy.

The policy amendments would not change how police interact with a suspect, regardless of immigration status. All arrested individuals have their immigration status verified by the federal government before they're released, under Arizona law.

The union representing Phoenix police officers says the proposed changes look to fix something that's not broken and would leave officers hamstrung in certain investigations, The Arizona Republic reported.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona says it would like to see further safeguards against biased policing in even more situations.

Phoenix police Sgt. Jonathan Howard said the policy still is being reviewed and revised but declined to discuss which portions would be identified for future amendments.

"We sought the input of community leaders and organizations and are in the process of modernizing our existing policy regarding immigration," he said.

The proposals come amid a national conversation on immigration and policing, reignited by President Donald Trump and his executive orders that allow local police to take a more aggressive role in identifying people who do not have legal status.

The draft revisions come as a result of recommendations from a Phoenix City Council subcommittee formed by Mayor Greg Stanton in February after Trump signed the order.


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