The Government of Mexico, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, welcomes the decision of the United States Federal Government to take legal action in order to prevent the entry into force of South Carolina’s S 20. The law criminalizes immigration and could lead to the selective application of the law by local authorities.

This decision adds to legal actions already underway against S 20, including a lawsuit filed by a group of civil society organizations, which the Government of Mexico will shortly support with an Amicus Curiae brief.

The Government of Mexico acknowledges the sovereign right of all countries to enact laws and implement public policies in their own territory. At the same time, it reiterates its unwavering commitment to protect, by all available means, the rights and dignity of Mexicans abroad, especially in the case of laws that could lead to the violation of the civil and human rights of our nationals.
In July of 2010, the US Federal Government filed a lawsuit against Arizona’s SB 1070. In that process, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ratified a temporary injunction issued by an Arizona’s Federal District Court to prevent key sections of that law going into effect. Mexico filed Amicus briefs in both stages.

The Government of Mexico will closely follow the legal process that has begun today.