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. Ron E.

    If some illegal tried to trespass on my land, enter my home, steal my food and leave trash all over my property, rest assured that if he leaves the site, it will be in a body bag. Come on, illegals, stop by my house. I have something for you and your cousins, sisters, brothers, anchor babies, grandparents, etc. You won't like it, but its FREE.

    May 8, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sean

    Pass and keep this law, every AMERICAN in this country backs your decision 100%! Please stop this foreign invasion of our homeland, so that we can continue to fly the AMERICAN flag on our soil without worry of offending illegals! Look at some of the forums on CNN & MSNBC and you will find that 90% of the comments support the AZ law. If I come to AZ please check my info I will be proud to prove my citizenship in this country. Please to do not give into the demands of citizens from a foreign nation, they are invaders and should be dealt with according to OUR LAWS!! This is AMERICA and we fly only RED,WHITE,BLUE!! You have the support of all US Citizens on this matter. Please we can't even say the pledge of allegance in our schools anymore, when is it going to stop!

    May 8, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bfam

    Tomas,
    Well put and I agree with you completely. Who out there thinks that the policy they passed into law in Arizona isn't already done anyway in some places. Even if they drop the law they just passed, it will still be done now. The point to all of it was to say "Hey the feds arent doing anything about this problem, so we as the state of Arizona will" Power to Arizona, and I hope my state of Illinois follows suit, I am sure with our history of wonderful governers, that is someone gives the governer a good kickback he will pass a similar law.

    The point is, IF THE FEDS WONT DO IT THE STATES WILL, AND IF THE STATES WONT DO IT, THEN AMERICANS WILL!!!

    It is how we were created in the first place!!

    May 8, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ron E.

    Just love the picture with this article of that Mexican cow holding her sign saying she isn't going to run. If she is illegal, she doesn't have to. We are going to round her and her ilk up and deport them ALL back to the hell holes they crawled over here from.

    May 8, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sean

    Are we harsh on our immigration rights? What about the kids that passed into IRAN by Accident? They are in Jail right now b/c they accidently crossed the border!! Why can't we have stricter laws as well? These people do it on purpose and bring the filth, poverty, crime and disrespect with them!! How dare we stand by and do nothing, I support any bill that protects US Citizens not Criminals from another Nation. They made their country crap why should we let them come here and make ours the same way!!

    May 8, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. killermike

    I just wanted to comment on how staggeringly ignorant the protester in the picture for this story is. "I am Mexican and I am not running"? Really? What the heck is she doing in this country then? She might as well just come straight out and admit she is an illegal immigrant, because most people who consider themselves citizens of THIS country call themselves Americans.

    May 8, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. geeesh

    America might as well replace the Eagle with Tweety Bird! Don't ask where is America's way of helping people and call everyone Nazi's. And yes to answer your ignorant question the NCAAP is friggin racist. Any group that says you have to be a certain color in order to join is racist. Suck it up get over it! Some of you make me wanna throw it. We are Friggin Americans. We need to help our own folks before helping Mexico, Iraq, Afghanistan, and all the other countries that think it is ok to kill our people and then we take care of their hoodlums. Quit saying oh they have feelings and are people too....we have vets that fought and lost body parts that have feelings too that live in alot more hellish conditions then these iilegals where is your heart there? What about all our homeless? Our kids that don't get fed at night? What about America...if we don't buckle down now then our country is going to go under quick!

    May 8, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Logix

    Yes, I am white, and I agree that the NAACP is racist, just like LA RAZA is racist.
    It's funny to me how these ethic politic "support groups" can revolve around themselves, but as soon as "The Man" does anything, it is always racist. When was the last time you saw a commercial the asked you to support the Unitied White College Fund? You haven't. And if you did, it would be immediately deemed racist or whatever. The thing about it is though, it seems that LA RAZA is playing the same exact strategy that the NAACP has has always played.

    May 8, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. S'muel

    America is the only country that gets punished for having any kind of standards in regard to letting people across our boarders. We have every right to say NO, not anymore! I'm tired of seeing our schools go to hell because Mexicans could care less about learning english and have very little American pride. GOOD FOR ARIZONA!

    May 8, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Roland

    Thank you, thank you, all of you U.S. citizens for standing up for America.

    Dont leave out Russia or Chavez as the underlying culprits.

    God bless all of you, and dont forget to honor God.

    May 8, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. S'muel

    "borders" rather.

    May 8, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. rell m

    theres got to be something more to this whole situation..... somebody in the higher ups are profiting off of illegals... so im supposed to believe that we can use ships and planes to secure two different countries half way around the world.. but cant spare the military to protect whats most vital to us (our borders) if the government really wanted to protect our border with mexico... im sure it would have been done by now.... you can't possibly tell me that shipping almost half a million troops across the sea and by air to afghanistan and iraq is easier then sending them down 1-10 to go secure our borders with mexico... there has to be something more to this.

    May 8, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. AGuest9

    The Tucson and Flagstaff city councils need to grow a set, respectively, and determine which country they are citizens of...

    May 8, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Colonelphoenix

    Too bad the legistature is not in season, I'd personally go down there and ask that legistative action be taken against both Flagstaff and Tucson for advocating disobedience to law. Holding the city council members personally responsible with a class action lawsuit would be a start and also make it so that they cannot use taxpayers money to continue to inciting civil disobedience. That alone borders on fraud, waste, and mismanagement to the degree they should get to spend time in a place where they can truly serve the taxpayer better.

    May 8, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. buyaz

    from now on, i will only purchase products that hale from the great state of ARIZONA...

    May 8, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
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