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. Drew P

    This is a republic, the voters in Arizona voted for this, it was passed, and now small groups that don't even live there are trying to blackmail the good legal citizens of Arizona to their will. I have read this law and it clearly states unless someone is doing something illegal, law enforcement cant not stop them, but in the course of something, all involved cant be questioned and all must show ID. Those that have no ID or proven to be here illegally, will then be arrested.

    May 8, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dan

    If you are here illegally, don't break the law. It's as easy as that. It's not a point of racial profiling or targeting minorities. If you break the law, you will be asked. Given Arizona's location, of course people of Hispanic decent are going to be asked. If you are wanting to gain entry to our country, do so legally. I come from a family of immigrants and don't understand why we are throwing such a fuss over trying to maintain the standards we have for legal immigration. As long as immigrant workers are abiding by our laws they don't need to worry about being asked for proof. Seems easy enough.

    May 8, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ryan

    I totally believe in this immigration law. I think it is ridiculas that poeple are protesting it. People do NOT have the right to just walk into our country with out legally gaining entrance.

    May 8, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. claudia

    I think it is so sad how people can be so ignorant and talk about a human being as a illegal immigrant?? If any one studied history we should all know that no one is from the united states only the indians that were already here. And mexicans aren't the only illegals living here there is some from any race. This new law is just racist and hateful... This law violates human rights and no one should be allowed to be judged by their color we are all humans and the same wether anyone likes it or not, and if people should be deported for being illegal?? it should be the whole united states because no one by now is really from the united states if you know your history.... RACISM is for ignorant people who have no love for humans. If anything mexicans should get rewarded for doing the hardest jobs around here..

    May 8, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. SeaknightRex

    Wow, making it illegal to be illegal...now thats a change.

    May 8, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tuna74

    This is for Claudia

    Read the fact's.These Laws could not be clearer.
    They are the laws our fathers before us followed.entering this country at Ellis Island.
    They did not ask for special privilege.
    No where does it say MEXICAN"S ARE EXEMPT.Or the wrong color".or another race.

    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.

    * Ellis Island Website

    May 8, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeffrey Scott McDaniel

    Great job Arizona. Maybe more states will join you. Keep up the good work.

    May 8, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. tuna74

    This is for Claudia
    And while we are on the subject,you should know your own laws from Mexico.
    To be a Foreign immigrant in Mexico you must have Enough assets to last you over 5 years.
    So that you don't take a job away from a Mexican national.
    You cannot own property, you must have a Mexican partner that owns 51%
    You cannot own a business,you must have a Mexican partner that owns 51%

    You must have your immigration paper with you at all times.

    May 8, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Robert In Arizona

    Wow this is incredible, that people can be so ignorant with an intelligence level equal to a pet rock. These people do have rights, they have the right to go back to wherever they came from, voluntarily or forcibly. They come here ILLEGALLY and do a low paying job which is paid for in cash as to NOT PAY ANY TAXES. If they get sick or a small cut then they go to the hospital, WHICH TIES IT UP FOR US CITIZENS AND PEOPLE THAT ARE REALLY HURT, then they NEVER pay the bill, WHICH MAKES OUR HEALTH CARE COST RISE. Then since they don't make enough money they can get FOOD STAMPS and LOW INCOME HOUSING. Remember 2 years ago when a family of 13 got caught in Chicago living in HUD Housing, it was about the same time Obama's ILLEGAL Aunt got caught living here ILLEGALLY? Then they file 1040 tax returns on taxes they never paid, like the Tax Accountant outside Denver that got caught filing taxes for 100 ILLEGALS 2 years ago. She said that the average refund the ILLEGALS got was about $3500.00 with the child care credits, ON TAXES THEY NEVER PAID INTO. Making OUR taxes go up, and our Government go broke. REMEMBER the guy caught at the MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT with $57,000.00 IN CASH in his suit case, HE WAS FROM ECUADOR. ALL THE IMMIGRANTS THAT I KNOW THAT CAME HERE LEGALLY FROM MEXICO DON'T WANT THE ILLEGALS HERE BECAUSE IT'S OUR COUNTRY AND THEY ARE HELPING DESTROY IT LITTLE BY LITTLE. This group La Raza is nothing but a hate group, and saying that their WILL be racism and profiling, IS PUSHING THE EDGE OF SLANDER, LEGALLY SPEAKING.

    May 8, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mike

    I love to visit Arizona.

    Let's all visit Arizona in support of those who had the guts to stop the insanity.

    Shame on our federal government for failing to secure our borders.

    May 9, 2010 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  11. Lloyd

    I feel instead of the Az law they state should have passed a law to allow illegals to get registered within a 90 day period by paying a fine 150-250 USD and a fee 150-250 USD
    to become a legal tax paying person in the country.
    Get a Lic SS card and get our tax money back that we put out to support the medical and education systems that the illegals put nothing into.except their offspring that are born here.

    May 9, 2010 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  12. americanjoe

    I agree, run them out!

    May 9, 2010 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  13. TJ

    I can't wait to go to Arizona on my vacation. A state that follows the rule of law.

    May 9, 2010 at 4:51 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jane D.

    Just about every country on the planet requires it's citizens to carry proof of citizenship. When investigated you should show your ID. So why should AZ not enforce this? If this minority group does not like it, then maybe they should worry more about their image and the fact of illegals from their group crossing the border and committing crimes there. Or maybe go back to Mexico and compare life and laws there before they complain. The law already exists on the books as stated numerous times in comments so what is the beef? Deport all of that racist group. Simple, problem solved.

    May 9, 2010 at 4:57 am | Report abuse |
  15. John Q. Public

    Why are people so upset at this Arizona law? If I am a U.S. citizen I will gladly show my identification. If I am an illegal immigrant then I will gladly go to California.

    May 9, 2010 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
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