On April 23, Arizona Governor, Jan Brewer, signed into law one of the harshest immigration bills ever written. So far, The Christian Science Monitor has challenged the civil rights aspect, the Catholic Church has equated it with Nazism, clergy of UNITED Church of Christ and other Arizona denominations have joined with people of all faiths to take the pledge against AZ Law 1070 via 1070 I Pledge. If you believe this law is wrong, regardless of where you live, please add your voice to those who have already taken the pledge of peaceful resistance.
New York Mayor is already targeting tourists who are now refusing to visit Arizona due to this law. Organizations are reconsidering Arizona as a location for conferences and conventions. The Southwest Conference of the UNITED Church of Christ has already voted to move next year's annual meeting from Sun City, AZ to a yet to be named city in New Mexico. Hispanic News is promoting a Boycott Arizona campaign.
With the economy already in the toilet, Jan Brewer has set Arizona up to suffer even more by alienating all non-citizens (although the bill is aimed at Mexican immigrants it could just as easily be applied to European, Asian and other visitors or immigrants), family and friends of those immigrants as well as organization that promote social justice. Even citizens whose citizenship is "questionable" can be retained until things are "straightened out."
Thank you Arizona lawmakers and governor, just wait until you try to balance this year's budget without all the tourist revenue.