Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy
THE ARIZONA BOYCOTT
This was inevitable. As Chris Hayes of The Nation told Keith Olbermann this evening, a boycott could "recalculate the incentives" for the citizens of Arizona and the politicians in the state. Once Super Bowls and major conventions start to go elsewhere (as was the case two decades ago when a similar boycott was successfully used to protest the state's failure to recognize the Martin Luther King holiday), the cavalier anti-immigrant positions will become a lot more expensive. Hopefully, the business community and sensible Arizonans who are appalled by what just happened in their state will mobilize to repeal the bill to prevent an economic nightmare.
The national boycott call was actually made two nights ago on Olbermann's show when Arizona Congressman Raϊl Grijalva called for a boycott of his own state if Governor Brewer signed SB 1070. No surprise that his office closed today due to his receiving death threats.
Almost immediately after the signing of the bill, boycott related announcements were already being made. The American Immigration Lawyers Association, which has been fighting for reforming our immigration laws, decided to set an example by cancelling its annual fall conference in Arizona.
The Arizona Republic was already carrying a report about a national boycott by truckers and Olbermann already suggested in tonight's broadcast that Major League Baseball pull its Grapefruit preseason league from the state.
But the bill's sponsor, Senator Russell Pearce, apparently thinks a boycott won't happen, according to Tucson's Arizona Star:
Pearce predicted there will be no boycott.
"People love to come to a safe state,'' he said.
Pearce seems to be daring the pro-immigration community to try and boycott. Probably not so smart.