Legislature acted carelessly
I’m writing to you today regarding my concerns about SB 1070 and its impact on all of us here in Arizona. I’m not sure if any of you are aware of this but prior to the signing of this bill by Governor Brewer, a Google search using the search term “boycott Arizona” hardly returned any results at all. Today, using the same search term, “boycott Arizona” you will have returns well over the 2,000,000 mark and it continues to grow by tens of thousands per day. This bill has spurred protests across the U.S., including here in Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff. I’m sure there will be widespread media coverage of these events with Arizona being negatively portrayed. It seems that Arizona is being dragged through the mud on a daily basis by every reputable news agency in the United States and in some cases, internationally as well. There are thousands of blogs condemning the state of Arizona for adopting this bill. There are boycott Arizona tourism petitions all over the web. In addition to all this negativity that will cost us dearly in lost revenues, our state will now spend an unknown amount of money in costly litigation to defend SB 1070.
I hope you would all agree with me that regardless of anyone’s position on SB 1070, Arizona isn’t really in a position to lose any business right now. Our real estate market was among the hardest hit in the wake of the housing bubble. Two of our most significant revenue sources — income taxes and sales taxes — are down by one-third since 2007.
The passage of this bill has caused irreparable damage to our state’s reputation as well as immeasurable financial damage to our state’s income. Based on those pretty dependable assumptions, can any of you answer the following questions? Did anyone in the Senate or anyone in our Legislature have the foresight to think through what the effect the passage of this bill might possibly have on our state’s economy and image? Do you really think criminalizing the act of being in Arizona illegally is worth the cost of ruining our state’s economy? Can you rationally explain why we passed a mandate without any funding component?
It seems that the Legislature and the Senate were both very careless in the development and implementation of this bill. Both branches of government missed a very common and fundamental private sector business principle. That principle is simply “think before you act.” All of you missed that. So I will use one of Russell Pearce’s favorite words to describe how many of us are feeling at this point. Outraged!
Steven Carver, Mesa
Saddened family boycotts state
For over a year, my family has planned to have our family (mixture of Hispanics and African Americans) reunion in Arizona. Hotels were booked, sightseeing arranged and restaurants scouted out to suit the tastes of all our family members. With the passing of your new law related to immigration, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this event. We are saddened, but feel that we have to stand in solidarity with so many who oppose the racist policies that your governor has adopted. I think you’ll find many more who feel as we do, who are willing to boycott your state. My family is proud to do so.
Juanita Hernandez-Johnson, Goleta, Calif.
Good job, governor
The immigration bill has my full support. Jan Brewer for president.
Ed Baker, Lafayette, Ind.
Problem is legal, not racial
Define racism: The Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines racism as a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority or inferiority of a particular racial group, and that it is also the prejudice based on such a belief. The Macquarie Dictionary defines racism as the belief that human races have distinctive characteristics which determine their respective cultures, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to rule or dominate others.
The illegal immigration problem in Arizona, Texas and New Mexico is not a racial problem, it is a legal problem. It does not matter what your color, religion or the language you speak is. Illegals arrive here expecting us to bend over backwards and assimilate their way of living, expect handouts, don’t learn our language and don’t respect us as Americans.
They don’t deserve to be here. America was built on immigration from all over the world, but they did it the right way, visas, green cards, education, work... I welcome each and every one of them because they will bring honor and respect to our country. Those businesses that boycott Arizona because of this are thinking with their emotions and are not being realistic. So be it... stay away.
Thank you Governor Brewer for having the strength in signing that bill.
Carol Drew, Mesa
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