On Friday, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) signed a draconian immigration bill that has been slammed by both Democrats and Republicans, and is likely illegal. Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) has been calling for a boycott of his own state, urging, “Do not do business with a state that is propagating the idea separate but equal treatment under the law can be codified.”
Now, the “nation’s biggest Spanish-language newspaper” La Opinion has joined the effort, calling for “a boycott of all goods and services from Arizona and [a] pledge to avoid tourism in the state as well.” “Let’s send a signal of our disgust with an arrogant state government that asserts powers it does not have in order to persecute a minority population,” the paper editorialized.
Indeed, a growing number of travelers have said they will avoid the state because of the new law, prompting New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to say, “We’re happy to have those businesses and tourists come here.” The state has already lost the business of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, which decided “moments after” Brewer signed the law to move their upcoming conference from Arizona to another state.
Meanwhile, San Francisco City Supervisor David Campos — himself a former undocumented immigrant from Guatemala — said this morning that he will introduce emergency legislation tomorrow calling for a boycott of Arizona. While Campos needs more time to work out the details, SF Weekly reports his measure is likely to advance:
“I feel the city and county of San Francisco has to take a stand against what’s happened in Arizona,” said Campos. “The law they’ve enacted is really an affront to the basic principles of the constitution.” […]
While Campos plans to introduce his emergency bill at tomorrow’s full Board of Supervisors meeting — and safe money would be on its advancement — a boycott of Arizona is not immediately imminent. Campos said more analysis is required by city departments in the “next week or so” to determine just what this city’s ties to Arizona are, and how a boycott would affect them.
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera said he is “fully committed” to the effort, and will help to “identify all applicable contracts, and to pursue termination wherever possible.” He also said his office “stands ready to assist in any legal challenges in whatever way it can.” “Arizona has charted an ominous legal course that puts extremist politics before public safety and betrays our most deeply held American values,” Herrera said.
Tourism is one of Arizona’s biggest industries, but Jon Garrido, a former Tucson economic development official, wrote in the Tucson Citizen that a national boycott is necessary to combat “Jim Crow actions,” even if it causes economic pain.