Stereotypical Mexican Barbie Comes With Chihuahua & Passport

"It is a point of contention and great sensitivity for people of Mexican origin, especially Mexican immigrants," he said. "Papers decide everything for immigrants from Mexico."

The other dolls in the collection also bring up cultural stereotypes. The Chilean doll is wearing a Chilean huaso, a black skirt with a ruffled blouse and red vest. The Argentinean doll is wearing tango attire. The French doll wears a beret and holds baguettes, while the China doll has a panda.

“It would be nice to see some contemporary images from these countries,” Felix Sanchez, chairman and co-founder of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, told Fox News Latino. “These images seem very dated and seem to have been created for a different time.”

Mattel sticks by the dolls and their outfits and pet friends -- including the chihuahua. The company tweeted: "Mexico Barbie is 1 of 100 Barbie Dolls of the World. Current dolls wear a country-inspired outfit & have a passport & animal."

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