LatinaLista — Every day the list of city councils and organizations that either call or plan to boycott Arizona keeps growing.
The (Washington) D.C. Council waded into the fight over illegal immigration today, as all 13 members sponsored a bill forbidding the police chief from sharing arrest data with federal immigration officials and also announced their unanimous support for a resolution calling on the city to stop doing business with Arizona.
An unidentified demonstrator in Palm Springs, Calif., protests the Arizona immigration enforcement law. (AP Photo: Wade Byars: The Desert Sun)
On Monday night, the Hollywood, California city council voted unanimously to boycott Arizona.
The San Diego city council also voted Monday night in favor of a resolution urging Arizona lawmakers to repeal the law. Carson City, California is scheduled to voted on a boycott of Arizona on Tuesday.
The cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles have also talked of cutting off deals with Arizona and its businesses.
Latino fraternity Sigma Lambda Beta has notified the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA) that they won’t be attending the annual meeting this fall in Phoenix.
The Milwaukee (Wisconsin) Common Council has decided to send to committee a resolution that involves a controversial proposal to boycott certain Arizona businesses because of that state’s new immigration law.
And a sports columnist with The Dallas Morning News wrote Sports commissioners should boycott Arizona events.
Of course, there is pushback from Arizonans who don’t want people to avoid their state. The most recent notable is former Supreme Court Justice and Arizona native Sandra Day O’Connor.
It’s understandable that Arizonans who understand the fragile economy of their state would not want a boycott of any kind, especially on the cusp of summer when yearly vacations to the Grand Canyon are usually planned.
In fact, there has been as much debate about the effectiveness of a boycott as there has been about the bill that started it all.
Yet, while this bill is still on track to be enforced, no American of Latino descent will be able to pass through this state without harassment — plain and simple.
And that reason alone justifies a boycott of a state that is historically Latino but forgot its roots.