Mexico Responds to New North Carolina Immigration Law

By Kausha Luna on October 30, 2015

On Wednesday, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed into law an anti-sanctuary city bill. However, Mexico seems more concerned with the law's effect on the use of consular documents.

The "Protect North Carolina Workers Act" (HB318) prohibits the adoption of sanctuary city ordinances, requires E-Verify compliance in certain governmental contracts, and states that consular documents are not acceptable for purposes of official identification. That last issue was the focus of a press release from Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Affairs:

The Government of Mexico laments the adoption of this law, since the prohibition of accepting the Matricula Consular ["consular registration" document] is based on an unfounded assessment on the process of issuance of this identification document, without considering the robust security measures that characterize it, or usefulness for many police, public and private entities.

The secretary added the Mexican consulate in Raleigh would continue to distribute consular documents of high security, such as passports, to Mexican nationals. Valid passports are one form of document issued by a consulate or embassy of another country which authorities can accept as identification documents, under the new law.

Additionally, the secretary indicated the consulate would launch an information campaign so Mexicans in North Carolina may know the precise scope of the law and prevent it is abuse. The secretary also said the Mexican government would continue to provide consular protection and assistance to its nationals and ensure that the new legislation would not lead to "violations of human and labor rights" of Mexicans living in North Carolina.