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Boycotting Arizona?

April 27th, 2010, by

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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