Mexico filed a brief with the United States District Court last Tuesday challenging Arizona’s controversial new immigration law. Officials with the Mexican government argue that the statute is unconstitutional and endangers the rights of thousands of citizens who legally visit the U.S each day.
The new law creates "an imminent threat of state-sanctioned bias or discrimination, resulting not only in individual injury but also in broader social and economic harms to its citizens," read the brief.
"Mexican citizens will be afraid to visit Arizona for work or pleasure out of concern that they will be subject to unlawful police scrutiny and detention," it added.
The motion also notes that the new law would adversely affect the relationship between the U.S. and Mexican governments, and could hamper the two nation’s collaborative effort to fight drug trafficking and border violence, according to Fox News.
By submitting the brief, Mexico formally joins one of five separate lawsuits that challenge the law, which is scheduled to go into effect on July 29.
In response to Mexico’s legal action, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer reiterated her belief that the "immigration enforcement laws are both reasonable and constitutional."