- 6County Commissioner Willie Gandara is currently working on legislation to discourage the county from purchasing goods or doing any business with companies based in Arizona. "That bill is promoting racial profiling, and it should be rendered unconstitutional," Gandara said. "And if Arizona is going to enact such backwards laws, then we'll have to hit them where it hurts: the pocketbook."
"The only way to properly object is through the pocket books. The boycott is going to hurt Arizona very bad. This is the only thing these people understand a boycott," stated former state Rep. Paul Moreno.
Under the new Arizona law a driver's license from the following states will not be considered valid proof of residency: Alaska, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, the District of Columbia, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Tennessee. This means going from Texas to Arizona may now require a passport or birth certificate.
- 7City Council President Jane Brunner (North Oakland) has been joined by council members Jean Quan (Montclair-Laurel) and Ignacio De La Fuente (Fruitvale-Glenview) in support of a city boycott of Arizona and Arizona-based businesses.
Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan also supports the proposal and is sponsoring a resolution to review current contracts with Arizona companies and cease any further business dealing with the state.
St. Paul - United States of America, North AmericaMayor Chris Coleman has issued an executive order banning all city-funded travel to Arizona.
He is also ordering city departments not to travel to conferences in Arizona. And the Democrat says he'll encourage both the Democratic and Republican parties not to pick Phoenix for their national conventions in 2012.
Coleman says Arizona's law is "draconian" and will not solve illegal immigration. Instead, he says, the law will lead to racial tension.
- 9The city of San Diego, which struggles from it's own issues with illegal immigration, is reviewing boycott options.
San Diego City Councilman Ben Hueso has said "These laws do appear to be hateful in nature." When approached by civil rights groups regarding boycott legislation Huseo said "It's not outside of something I would be willing to do. That's not something I would shy away from."
The previous boycott of Arizona regarding Martin Luther King Day cost the state an estimated "170 conventions and $300 million."
Inwood - New York, United States of America, North AmericaInwood New York Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez is introducing a resolution condemning the Arizona immigration law and is preparing to meet with other city leaders to formally boycott Arizona.
An immigrant himself, Rodriguez, who came to the United States from the Domincan Republic when he was 18, is trying to get Taiwanese-born Comptroller John Liu to stop signing any contracts the city makes with Arizona-based businesses.
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