May 7th, 2010
06:20 PM ET

Latino rights group, others call for Arizona boycott

A Latino rights group and other immigrant and labor organizations have called for a national boycott of Arizona over the state's new immigration law, which allows police to ask anyone being investigated for a crime for proof of legal U.S. residency.

The call was led by the National Council of La Raza, which bills itself as the largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States. Other groups joining the call include the Asian American Justice Center, the Center for Community Change, the League of United Latin American Citizens, the National Puerto Rican Coalition, the Service Employees International Union, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and the United Food and Commercial Workers union.

The groups pledged not to hold major conventions, conferences or other special events involving significant travel to Arizona from out of state and "asked others to consider whether their purchases of goods and services might perpetuate the unjust and discriminatory law in Arizona," La Raza said on its website.

"When a law so contrary to our values is passed, we must act decisively," said La Raza President and CEO Janet Murguia. "We are calling for a boycott because this law will blow open the door to increased racial profiling, wrongful arrests and other discrimination."

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who signed the immigration measure April 23, says it does not involve racial profiling or any other illegal acts. The law, known as SB 1070, is scheduled to go into effect this summer.

The measure as originally signed into law said police could ask anyone at any time for proof of legal residency. The legislature passed new wording last week stipulating that police could ask for residency status only if that person was being investigated for another crime. Brewer signed the new language into law.

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  1. SSG Gilberto Ortiz

    Its utterly offensive that our main focus in the United States is racial profiling and unlawful investigations. I have been a Soldier in the U.S. Army for 11yrs now. We have a individuals from all walks of life and although some were introduced to incouragable life styles meaning " RACISM". Its wonderful to see that not all thats infected is ruined.
    We as a people might expect more injust laws to be passed and made legal. I for one, am not astonished with the commments that have been made on this website, and frankily i'm rather disappointed with CNN, for not screening some of these comments that were posted.
    Its funny that all these people only focus one thing " Mexicans" but guess what people there are many more countires that have individuals make their way into North America ilegally everyday. Its ignorant to point fingers on only one group, and for Anna Fitzgerald that posted the comment " If you look Mexican you ought to be prepared to show your green card" I say, most mexican females and males from place like mexico city are infact blonde haired, blue eyed, and look more like Caucasians than hispanic. You are a freaking moran!
    If this is what were going to start doing? Whats next? Bringing to color that invisible line that isn't crossed with income, separating my social class even more? Just some food for thought..
    One last thing. When I was growing up and my father saw me wearing something that resembled, or represented a symbol of my heritage, he use to say to me " Son its great to be proud of your heritage, and never forget where you come from, but remember that your nationality is United States Citizen" I have always remembered those words, simply becuase we are 6th generation Mexican Americans, but that doesn't mean that I won't stand up and fight for my own.
    Gilberto Ortiz IV

    May 8, 2010 at 4:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. Czechstan

    I am proud of Arizonian, i hope others states will do the same . I am dissapointed from " Los Suns".
    I speak spanish little bit , but I dont think 'Phoenix' translate in spanish to 'Los'. Maybe it has something to do with money ?? Hmm ,but denn it should be called "Dinnero Suns"!!!
    P.S.: 'La Raza' translate as 'The Racist' !!!
    By the way I am legal immigrant and I like legal immigrants from any country.Cz.

    May 8, 2010 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. tuna74

    These were the requirement that our forefathers went through at Ellis island to become citizens.

    This is the bottom line at Ellis island.Where our legals came in.
    I suggest All of you from Arizona that urinate in our ear ,then try to tell us its raining.
    for all the border crossing special people who complain about Racial profiling.
    Read the fact's.


    Immigrants who entered the United States at Ellis Island were not permitted to remain in the country if they had a contagious disease such as smallpox, yellow fever or the measles. If they were deemed likely to end up needing to receive welfare or otherwise seemed unable to provide for themselves, they would be refused admission. Finally, if they were assessed as likely to become an illegal contract laborer, they would be refused entry. People who seemed to be "alien radicals" were interned. The records of many of the immigrants who entered the country at Ellis Island have become part of its archive. The island is a significant tourist destination
    , and its website contains links to where the descendants of these immigrants can go when doing genealogical research about their family (see Resources below).

    * Ellis Island Website

    May 8, 2010 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. t

    why would these people get so upset because arizona wants to keep drugs off its streets? they should be happy someone is trying to keep there children safe, not like in mexico wher whole towns are set up to cater to drug dealers.

    May 8, 2010 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rob

    If you are not illegal then who cares. So what if its racial profiling...Sorry charlie or chorizo you shouldnt be here and most of you are Mexican so they have to do what they have to do. All of you should leave our country and stop having us tax payers pay for you illegals who just send your money back to your dirty country anyways..Do what is right and get your papers...Or go home and STFU cuz if this doesnt stay as a law then our country has lost its freedom of rights.

    May 8, 2010 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. Rob

    Also i think its funny that us whites can have "White Pride" shirts or even holidays, but you Brown, blacks, purple, etc...can have those shirts and holidays and etc and we are the Racist ones..I say unite and wear an American Flag for all non USA holiday!!!!

    May 8, 2010 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  7. bcalb

    Way to go Arizona. I hope my state enacts the same law. My family is now considering Arizona for vacation later this summer. We can't wait.

    May 8, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. Juan Valdez

    You illegals need to either get off your butts and register as proper citizens or the American public is coming for you. We need to enforce our laws and get the undesirables the hell out of this Country. Maybe the politicians won't listen but the man on the street is fed up.

    May 8, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. Tony

    "National Council of La Raza, which bills itself as the largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States"
    What a dumb comment. Every person who knows a little bit about NCLR knows that they ARE in fact THE LARGEST CIVIL RIGHTS AND ADVOCACY ORGANIZATION IN THE US!. Only CNN seems not to know it.

    May 8, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  10. SmartPyramid216

    As an American, I fully endorse the steps Arizona is taking to fix the immigration problem – In addition, I'm Hispanic, although I'm not Mexican. I believe Arizona is correct on creating their new law; Protecting citizens from illegals and other threats is what the federal government should of been doing earlier than the creating of the immigration law. Hopefully other states will follow too, so that the federal government realizes that this is a serious issue and take action. The action they need to take is to enforce the laws of the land, send illegals out of the U.S. (due to the fact that their ILLEGAL), and ensure the safety of law abiding citizens. While their may be a possibility of racial profiling, it should apply to everybody found living here due to the fact that not all illegals look or/are Mexican/Hispanic. As Americans, we must Unite and be true to the United States of America to preserve the country we (legally) live in.

    May 8, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  11. Ed

    Check your history..the U.S has always profited off illegal immigration. They got free labor with slaves, now it is cheaper labor that has replaced it. We have taken immigrants from almost every country. Why the hell will we deport the same people that know how to build our homes, cook you dinner and fix your roads? Are you racist out there, America needs immigrants more than they need you!

    May 8, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  12. TJ

    Well said SmartPyramid. The problem is not the Arizona Law, its the useless federal government that was voted in by a 650% higher non-voter turnout than usual. The Federal Government needs to take care of the immigration problems. But Barack Obama is too busy throwing money at problems without doing anything about them. Its ridiculous. Obama has not done anything except pass a health care reform bill that the majority of citizens did not want. The only other thing he has done is increase our debt, tremendously. STOP protesting this law people, start protesting the lack of action by the Federal Government. Make it clear that all the people who decided they were going to vote last election voted because of two words, Hope and Change. We have seen a drop in hope and Change in the wrong direction. DO something about the real issues in America. Then tackle things like immigration, another real, yet less critical issue. But if nothing at all is going to be done, like whats happening right now, at least take care of immigration.

    May 8, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. firedept911

    The funny part is, this wouldn't be a problem if people weren't in this country illegally, and if those illegals hadn't caused the death of an American citizen. How about this, if you're here wrongfully, we will find you, and you will get sent back to Mexico. If you're here legally, welcome to American! Now learn English.

    May 8, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. Crazy Larenzo

    All my freinds want to move here now, they love the fact that AZ is finally doing something about 1/2 million law breaking Mexicans.
    I hope they don't leave out the companies that hire illegals, they also need to be behind bars!!

    May 8, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Caroline

    This bill is NOT targeting LEGAL immigrants. Just ILLEGALS, who need to get in line like every other immigrant in the world does.

    If you're immigrating LEGALLY, welcome to Arizona and America!!! We're happy to have you!!

    May 8, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
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