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Boycotting Arizona?

April 27th, 2010, byStaff

Immigrant rights activists express opposition to Arizona's law during an April 27 protest in New York.
Immigrant rights activists express opposition to Arizona's law during an April 27 protest in New York.

Apparently, you can boycott an entire state if it passes a law that really makes you angry.

The target? Arizona.

The controversy? A new Arizona law that makes the failure to carry immigration documents illegal and gives police authority to question and detain individuals suspected of being in the United States illegally.

Critics have been outspoken. Protests have begun. The federal government says it may challenge the state law, which is the nation’s toughest against illegal immigration. And the backlash continues to grow.

But the backlash also now includes calls for a boycott of the Grand Canyon State.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, for instance, has banned official city travel to Arizona. Immigrant rights groups have asked baseball fans to skip Arizona Diamondbacks games. The California Senate is considering a boycott of businesses from Arizona and a Los Angeles City Council member introduced a resolution that will call for the city to “end any and all contracts with Arizona-based companies and to stop doing business with the state.”

There’s even a Boycott Arizona 2010 Facebook page.

What do you think? Do you agree with the law? Do you agree with calls for a boycott? Would you boycott the state?

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  • ScottD

    Good luck at convincing baseball fans—the vast majority– support the immigration law and go to the games.
    Also, good luck at blocking millions of international travelers from every country in the world.

  • David Stratton

    Arizona is closing schools, laying off teachers, social workers, and other public servants. Spending money to prosecute undocumented foreigners needs to come after education, family services, and other social issues directly affecting the majority of Arizonans.

  • Shelly

    All in favor of the above protests & boycott say aye. “Aye.” Whatever happened to policemen fighting ‘real’ crime instead of creating pseudo criminals?

  • Karen

    Yes, I will boycott Arizona, especially the Diamondbacks when they play in Los Angeles. Regardless of your feelings about illegal immigration, this law is fundamentally un-American. We are not a country that requires US citizens to show passports and birth certificates to travel within our own borders! This is reminiscent of Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union and South Africa. These birthers won’t accept the President’s birth certificate, so what makes you think they will accept yours? You will be thrown in jail, even if you are an American citizen!
    There has already been an example of a truck driver, an American citizen, being arrested and at a weigh station for driving without a birth certificate. He showed the police a CDL and gave them his social security number, but that was not enough. They arrested him. His wife had to leave work, go home and get the document, and show it to the police to get him out of jail. He told the police that his mother lived in Mexico, and apparently this information made him “suspicious.”
    Governor Brewer thought she could pass this bill as a gimmick to get the conservative base to the polls this fall, but she did not anticipate the backlash and now she has cost her state business and tourist dollars. Shame on her and her un-American, racist law.

  • Kat

    As an Arizona resident who, for weeks in 1984, completed a great deal of paperwork, paid solicitors (what we call lawyers in the U.S.) for notary services that officials at the U.S. Embassy in London said were not valid, and spent a great deal of money on postage to overnight documents and forms from Gillingham, Kent, or London, England, to Arizona, to gain lawful entry into the U.S. for my husband, who just happened to be, oh no!, an immigrant born in England, I have a difficult time comprehending why other people can’t do what I and my then-husband did. We never conceived that there was any other way but the lawful way for my husband to obtain legal residency in the U.S., and we even prepared for the possibility that if we didn’t meet specific deadlines for turning in paperwork required by the U.S. government, I would be leaving England without him.
    Certainly, anyone with the ability to put themselves in my shoes can understand how I, in the last several years, have been kicking myself for having complied with the immigration laws of the U.S. when so many other people don’t. I feel that my own government treated me and my then-husband unfairly by forcing us to comply with laws that it no longer seems to enforce.
    As to the Arizona law, I can only surmise that the governor feels the federal government isn’t enforcing the law. Personally, I never saw this coming and still find it hard to believe.
    In fact, I have been awaiting the federal government’s decision to repeal the federal law, opening our borders to everyone who would like to enter. While other countries have stringent laws against Americans entering their countries illegally, for whatever reason, no one in the U.S. seems to oppose anyone and everyone entering our country, which is why, I presume, the federal law is rarely enforced or is enforced only when it comes to people from certain countries (Europe, for instance). While I feel it would be a bit crowded and perhaps a bit more dangerous with our borders open to everyone, if that’s what everyone in the nation wants, then both the Arizona law and the federal law should be repealed.
    One other note: Had I decided to stay in England with my then-husband, laws with which I would have to comply included, for example, placing my dog, at that time in the U.S. and current on all her vaccines, in quarantine for six months, and my being unable to legally hold a job there if the job could be done by an English citizen.

  • LaRoy Hightower

    I am embarrased to be an American. We allow people to enter our country illegally and then allow them to march up and down our streets demanding rights that they don’t even have. Then we allow them to take over communities, suck up resources and close down hospitals who don’t get paid for servicing them. Tell me that this isn’t a country that is cutting it’s own throat. Let us go down across the border and try that. We would be put in jail and eaten by cockroaches. Arizona is right and I agree with what they are doing. There will be another backlash from this boycott call, but it will be from stirring up folks like me.

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