Arizona immigration law: Will Mexico boycotts cripple trade?
Mexico boycotts in response to the Arizona immigration law may put a dent in trade with Arizona's No. 1 partner.
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Governor Brewer: We had no choice
Governor Brewer says that, in the face of inaction from Washington, she had no choice but to move forward with one of the toughest immigration laws on the books. An estimated 460,000 undocumented immigrants live in Arizona, which has been the gateway for illegal immigration from Mexico since the border was fortified along other stretches, particularly in California.Skip to next paragraph
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Brewer disputed the notion that the new law would hurt the economy.
"I believe it's not going to have the kind of economic impact that some people think that it might," she said Monday. "The bottom line is that when I go about meeting with businesses that come into Arizona ... they want to know that we have a safe and secure environment into which to move their businesses here."
While the governor enjoys widespread support, she has also ignited a firestorm in the US and beyond, and Mexico is not the only one calling for revenge.
US boycotts, too?
The Mexican boycotts come in the midst of calls from elsewhere, such as from the American Immigration Lawyers Association, which already said it would relocate its fall convention to another state.
San Francisco, meanwhile, is weighing a citywide boycott.
Travel groups and those planning conventions may join the ranks, says Mr. Diaz-Bautista, who says the law could lead to the type of racial profiling that makes visitors opt for other locales. (In Arizona alone, nearly 30 percent of the population is Hispanic.)
While Brewer downplayed the blow her economy might take, not all agreed with the assessment.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday the law “could have a chilling effect on international business travel, investment, and tourism in that state, as many people from around the world may think twice before visiting Arizona and subjecting themselves to potential run-ins with the police.”
In an opinion piece published Wednesday in the New York Daily News, the business mogul writes: "What's at stake here is nothing less than America's international reputation as the most open and attractive marketplace in the world...."
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