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"Boycott Arizona" is now the 47th most popular search phrase in
Boycott calls were coming in from many fronts.
First and foremost, cities around the country are taking up resolutions to bar contracts with Arizona-based companies. Washington, DC, San Francisco and Los Angeles were some of the largest cities that began the process of considering boycotts. The President of the California Senate called on Governor Schwarzenegger to sever
The government of Mexico posted a travel warning telling Mexican citizens not to travel in Arizona. Mexicans is the number one source of foreign tourism in
Six conventions have now been canceled including the American Immigration Lawyers Association which was the first to announce it would scrap a major meeting, according to ABC News. Anecdotal evidence is already showing many individuals are canceling trips to Arizona. New York Times columnist Linda Greenhouse explained why should would never visit Arizona again until the law is repealed and urged everyone in
Boycott advocates also set their sights on baseball with calls to stay away from Arizona Diamondback games, both home and away, and for Major League Baseball to move next year's All Star game from Phoenix, something the League will have to take seriously given that 27% of the players are Hispanic.
Several major Spanish-language news outlets issued calls for boycotts.
Entertainers are beginning to announce plans to skip appearances in
And in one of the most interesting boycott-related stories, Arizona convention officials are worried that the Republican National Convention, which is considering Arizona for the 2012 convention, may choose another location.
So far this year we've been hearing that Democrats will lose seats left and right. But some think that Arizona Hispanics, who represent one-third of the state's voters, will severely punish the GOP. John McCain has tried to appeal to the Republican base and supported the bill and all three GOP candidates for governor, including Governor Jan Brewer, have also advocated for the new legislation. Now suddenly Democrats may be competitive in both the Senate and Governor's races this November. A new poll shows that Democratic Governor candidate Terry Goddard has picked up 26 points with Hispanics in the last few weeks largely as a result of SB1070.
Kudos to my colleague Elissa Taub who pointed out something rather interesting that none of the supporters of the Arizona law have told Arizonans. Under federal immigration law, a removal proceeding is a civil proceeding and one is not entitled to a public defender or any assistance in paying for help from an immigration lawyer.
However, the new Arizona law makes it a state crime to be illegally present in the state. What this means is that any person charged under the new law is entitled to a taxpayer funded public defender or taxpayer funded private lawyer. And we lawyers don't come cheap. So congrats Arizonans on helping transfer a huge portion of your hard earned money to my colleagues in the Land of Enchantment.
The Sojourners are condemning the new law and promising civil disobedience. Here is their leader Reverend Jim Wallace's statement:
The law signed today by Arizona Gov. Brewer is a social and racial sin, and should be denounced as such by people of faith and conscience across the nation. It is not just about Arizona, but about all of us, and about what kind of country we want to be. It is not only mean-spirited - it will be ineffective and will only serve to further divide communities in Arizona, making everyone more fearful and less safe. This radical new measure, which crosses many moral and legal lines, is a clear demonstration of the fundamental mistake of separating enforcement from comprehensive immigration reform. Enforcement without reform of the system is merely cruel. Enforcement without compassion is immoral. Enforcement that breaks up families is unacceptable. This law will make it illegal to love your neighbor in Arizona, and will force us to disobey Jesus and his gospel. We will not comply.