Mexico issues travel alert for Arizona

MEXICO CITY — The Mexican government Tuesday took the unusual step of issuing a travel alert urging extreme caution by Mexicans working, studying or otherwise spending time in Arizona.

The warning came in response to that state's new immigration measure, which requires people in Arizona to carry proof of their legal right to be in the United States and police to check for it.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Monday said the measure "criminalizes" the largely social and economic phenomenon of migration. He warned it would damage long-standing economic, cultural and commercial ties between Mexico and Arizona.

Haiti judge explains dropping charges

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti —The judge who dropped kidnapping charges against Laura Silsby and nine other U.S. missionaries said Tuesday that he did so because the children they were trying to take out of Haiti were all given over freely by their parents.

But Silsby, the group's leader, will be tried on a lesser charge of arranging illegal travel because she knew she had no right to take the 33 children out of earthquake-ravaged Haiti, the judge said.

Judge Bernard Saint-Vil told the Associated Press that Silsby deceived the other Baptist missionaries by telling them she had the proper documents to take the kids to the neighboring Dominican Republic.

Silsby remains jailed in Haiti and faces up to 3 years in prison if convicted.