The Mexican government and 15 other countries  have filed a brief supporting those suing Alabama to block that state's new immigration law. The federal judge in the case consolidated the various lawsuits against Alabama, meaning that the American Civil Liberties Union, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Department of Justice, the Catholic Church, the Methodist Church, the Episcopal Church, and the Mexican government are all involved in the same suit and are all on the same side against the will of the great majority of Americans.
"They want to make sure their citizens are treated correctly, and they have a sovereign interest in the way in which immigration law is carried out by the United States," said Edward Still, a Birmingham attorney who filed the briefs on behalf of the nations. "They want to have one immigration law and not 50."
..."Mexico has an interest in protecting its citizens and ensuring that their ethnicity is not used as basis for state-sanctioned acts of bias and discrimination," the brief says.
..."The governments have a substantial and compelling interest to ensure that their citizens are accorded human and civil rights when present in the United States in accordance with international treaties, the U.S. Constitution and federal immigration law," the 15-nation brief says.
Mexico's interest probably has much less to do with a desire to protect their citizens and much more to do with the fact that their citizens who are in the U.S. illegally send home billions of dollars each year. Those millions of illegal aliens also form a political power base inside the U.S. for the government of Mexico.
 The other countries are: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.
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