In Mexico, political activists called on Mexicans not to visit Arizona to protest the legislation "in solidarity with our compatriots who live there and can be detained unjustly," Mexican publication El Universal reported. Mexico's foreign relations department Tuesday issued an advisory to Mexicans in Arizona, ABC News reported. "It should be assumed that any Mexican citizen could be bothered and questioned for no other reason at any moment," the travel alert said. It called on its citizens to “act with prudence and restraint and respect the framework of local laws.”
Brewer’s predecessor, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, also weighed in with criticism of the Arizona law in an interview on ABC.
"It's not a good law enforcement law," said Napolitano who vetoed similar bills three times while she was Arizona’s governor. "But beyond that, what it illustrates is that other states now will feel compelled to do things and you will have this patchwork of laws where we need a federal immigration system that meets our security needs, that recognizes where we need to go in this 21st century and gives us a better framework on which to stand."
Arizona has an estimated 466,000 illegal immigrants living in the state and Brewer and others frustrated by the illegal flow of people and drug trafficking across the border say the federal system is not working and they have waited long enough for Washington to effectively enforce federal immigration laws. Sen. John McCain, who a few years ago co-sponsored with Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the kind of “comprehensive immigration reform” that Obama wants, has endorsed the law that the Arizona legislature passed and Brewer signed.
"The fact is that our borders are broken,” said the 2008 Republican presidential candidate. “They are not secure. It is a federal responsibility to secure our borders. It is not being done," McCain said on the Senate floor Monday.