Phoenix, AZ – The enactment of SB 1070 requiring state and local police to
check the papers of suspected illegal immigrants has provoked a
backlash of sorts, at least on the national level. Various groups
are urging people to cancel their business trips and vacations to
Arizona. Brewer said she's disappointed.
(It certainly is unfortunate that we are hearing the possibility
that people are going to boyott the state of Arizona. The bottom
line is, why would anyone want to do that, to hurt innocent
people. It just doesn't make any sense to me at all.)
Brewer said Arizona had no choice but to enact the law.
(We refuse to be the gateway of drug cartels. We refuse to be the
kidnapping center of the world and we refuse to be intimidated
and not feel safe in our homes. We are going to do everything in
power that we can. And SB 1070 was another tool. And we need to
encourage the federal government again and over and over to
secure our border.)
Even if it means losing business?
(Even if it means loss of business.)
But Sen. Russell Pearce who crafted the legislation said he
thinks the calls will backfire, with more people who support the
law deciding to vacation in the state. For Arizona Public Radio
this is Howard Fischer.