- 1Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said "No person should be treated differently in the eyes of the law," during a press conference to endorse the city's proposed boycott of Arizona. Councilwoman Janice Hahn has said, "If Arizona companies are taking our money, I want to sever that." Hahn also stated "When people are asked to show their papers, it brings back memories of Nazi Germany."
Under the new Arizona Law American citizens can be detained and fined for not carrying identification at all times.
- 2"It is irresponsible for any city, state or elected official to legalize racial profiling and discrimination. This shortsighted law is a step backward in our nation's ongoing struggle to provide civil rights for all," said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
"Foreign investment and tourism are critical to our national economy, and this new law sends exactly the wrong message to international companies and travelers," Bloomberg said.
It has been reported that New York state assemblyman Adriano Espaillat asked immigrant players in Major League Baseball to boycott the anticipated 2011 All-Star game in Phoenix.
- 3San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsome has told city employees to avoid business dealings and travel to the Arizona, and city officials are preparing to end all contracts with Arizona-based companies.
The total (direct and secondary) impact of the Arizona travel industry in 2008 was 310,000 jobs and $10.2 billion earnings according to www.dailykos.com. California travel to Arizona accounted for 34% of all visitors.
- 4Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell is joined by Austin’s city council members in proposing a ban on city travel to Arizona and haulting contracts with Arizona companies.
"Arizona’s legislation potentially has a direct impact on our employees, and is generally so offensive that I believe it demands our attention," said Leffingwell. The Mayor also stated, "I’m supporting this resolution because I believe that we have a responsibility not only to protect our own employees, but also to speak out loudly against racial discrimination wherever it exists."
"The law (SB1070) puts anyone traveling to the state in jeopardy of being detained, based on a law enforcement officer’s reasonable suspicion that person might be an undocumented immigrant," said Austin Councilman Bill Spelman. "That’s wrong, and I can’t responsibly allow our city employees to be placed at such a risk."
- 5Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson called for an economic boycott on Wednesday but began to reconsider later that day after Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon convinced him that sanctions would hurt the battered economy in Phoenix. Instead, Johnson has decided to discuss the "un-American" and "morally wrong" law with other elected officials in Arizona.
Gordon admitted that Phoenix has already lost five major conventions due to the anti-immigration law.
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