AirTalk for April 28, 2010

Boycotting Arizona over immigration law

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Demonstrators protest Arizona's new immigration law outside the Arizona state capitol building on April 23, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. Republican Gov. Jan Brewer ignored criticism from President Barack Obama and signed into law a bill supporters said would take handcuffs off police in dealing with illegal immigration in Arizona. Critics say the new law will lead to racial profiling and civil rights abuses against the Hispanic community.

Cities and advocacy groups are calling for boycotts of Arizona in response to its strict new immigration law. Seven members of the Los Angeles City Council have signed onto a proposal to refrain from conducting business or attending conventions in Arizona. DC is weighing a boycott. San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom has banned city travel to the state. Some local baseball fans will stay home from Diamondbacks games in protest. And in Mexico boycotts of the state are multiplying—while that might sound like good news to supporters of the law, Arizona may not be able to afford lost business with its number one trading partner. What do you think? Are the the boycotts a good idea? Will Arizona change course? And will the international outcry move the U.S. Congress to tackle immigration reform?


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