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Will Immigration Rights Activists Convince People To Boycott Arizona?: Left of Center View

Sure, some people, or even cities like San Francisco, may boycott Arizona due to their current immigration practices. However those that do will likely be counter-balanced by supporters of the legislation from other parts of the country who will now go out of their way to do business with Arizona. The boycott is good press and raises awareness, but really it is only slightly more effecting than a “Free Tibet” bumper sticker, the real battle will be fought within the state itself.

There is a huge Latino community in Arizona that the state’s legislature has seemingly declared war on. The community should return the favor. An external boycott of the state will eventually have a minor effect, but nothing in comparison to what an internal one would accomplish. The problem with a blanket boycott of the state is that it will inevitably end up hurting many of the people it was intended to help.

So far the city of San Francisco has only managed to forbid city officials from traveling to the state on official business. However the real economic impact will only come if San Francisco severs ties with Arizona business’ long term, including Airlines attempting to service SFO. There is an estimated $19 million dollars worth of commerce at play here, but it is not yet clear how much it would end up costing in terms of jobs and revenue lost.

There have been other suggestions as to how to address the situation such as t a reverse boycott. One of the main complaints against illegal immigrants is their use of public services. Why not overuse the system to the point that carrying out the law as it is written is no longer viable? Flood the streets with legal residents doing everything they can to raise reasonable suspicions about their immigration status. Overload the system.

The Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955, lead by Dr. King and other civil rights movement leaders was extremely successful because it directly targeted the source of the dispute. No one was asked to boycott the city of Montgomery or the state of Alabama. While the current protest in Arizona involves many of the same issues and emotions, neither side has been able to present their case on the broader scale with anything near the precision with which Dr. King was able to do it. That may have been the true power behind the success of the boycott, it was easy to understand. It was easy to figure out which side you identified with and fairly easy to know how to show your support. The problem with boycotting that state of Arizona is that other than not drinking Arizona iced tea, which by the way was founded in New York and is now headquartered in Cincinnati, it’s hard to know specifically what you are being asked to do, or not do.


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Will Immigration Rights Activists Convince People To Boycott Arizona?: Right of Center View

If there is any justice in the world tourists will flock to Arizona and support the valiant efforts of the people of Arizona to turn back the tide of illegal immigration along our southern border. These calls for boycotts being made from liberal strongholds like San Francisco are an affront to people who respect the rule of law in America. Personally, I think we should boycott the boycotters and “sanctuary” cities that choose the side of lawlessness over the rule of law.

Arizona is merely trying to enforce the laws that exist and give their law enforcement professionals the means to do it. Illegal immigration is against the law and like those who break all reasonable laws illegal immigrants should be prosecuted and deported. Other countries send people to prison for illegal immigration. We are just trying to send the undocumented back to their countries of origin because they don’t have a right to be here. There is nothing wrong with that.

People calling for boycotts of Arizona over the very sensible law recently signed by the governor are part of the illegal immigration problem. With no consideration for the effect of millions of undocumented and unskilled workers coming into our economy they simply want to open the borders and let everyone come over for one big party. They don’t think about how we will employ them or handle the increased burden they will put on our infrastructure and natural resources. They just want everyone to come to America for a big freaking group hug. Wake up you idiots! We can’t support all these people!!

If the liberals want to make things better for the poor immigrants they need to work on bringing jobs back to America so normal trade with their countries can support job development there and keep them from needing to immigrate here. If liberals spent more time working on getting the economy going instead of prattling on about how unfair it is that people are enforcing the laws here in America things might get better for everyone.

As for the boycott of Arizona, you can all stay away. I’m going to try to get over there as much as possible and enjoy the wonderful weather and great Arizonan people. If I’m lucky I’ll be able to walk down the street without having some illegal immigrant that doesn’t speak English asking me for money and cigarettes. Arizona enforcing the law actually makes me want to go there more because I hopefully won’t have to deal with the hassles of dealing with the illegals in the border towns anymore. Hopefully there will be more people who feel the way that I do than the Kool Aid drinkers out there screaming about how horribly unfair enforcing immigration law is. Arizona should stick to their guns and patriotic Americans should support Arizona.

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A Legal Immigrant’s Perspective

If you are not a Native American, you are an immigrant, so am I. I came legally to this country at the age of five with my parents who worked hard, paid taxes (even Jesus paid taxes), lived by the rules of this great nation and never took or accepted a penny from the government. We came seeking FREEDOM from a communist country. It was months before we were able to enter the US legally. I remember us getting medical exams, shots (small pox), background check, references, and going through numerous interviews once we arrived. I also remembered people coming to the US from all over the world who waited years since it was based on "Quotas". Read more...

Solving Our Immigration Problem

The major problem our country is facing with illegal immigrants today is because of the exploitation of these immigrants. We believe the solution to this problem is two-fold. First, we should allow more immigrants in this country to cut down on the number of illegal ones. Second, all immigrants should be educated about their rights at the expense of the government. Below, you will find an in-depth look at our suggested reforms.

Reforms for immigration limitations:

-New immigrants can't equal more than 1% of the US population in a given year (the population being from the last recorded census). That 1% will be further divided up to allow only a certain number of immigrants each month.
-Each country of origin for immigrants will be allowed a certain percentage of that 1%. No country could receive more than 10% of the total amount and no country can receive less than .1% of it. The left over percentage will be divided up between all countries as follows: Read more...

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally “The Race” in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isn’t really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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