NCLR’s cancellation of Arizona boycott won’t keep immigrant rights groups from continuing their economic boycotts.
By H. Nelson Goodson
September 11, 2011
Washington, D.C. – The Associated Press reported that the National Council de la Raza (NCLR) and several affiliated groups are backing off from boycotting Arizona, despite Governor Jan Brewer’s legal move to overturn the injunction of SB 1070 in the U.S. Supreme Court. NCLR is considered the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States that works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans, according to the NCLR website.
NCLR has yet to post its decision to suspend the Arizona boycott on their official website or send out a press release, has created an outburst by Hispanic immigration rights groups that will continue the economic boycott. Major immigrant groups, religious groups and elected officials initiated a statewide and national boycott when SB 1070 was passed.
So far, an economic boycott has cost Arizona more than $141 million in revenue. Arizona continues to face more than $30 billion dollar deficit and has been the epicenter of anti-immigrant legislation. Legislators in Arizona encouraged other states to follow with similar legislation as a result of the federal government’s inability to enforce immigration laws and to secure the U.S. border from the influx of illegal workers and drugs.
NCLR is cancelling its May 2010 boycott of Arizona because it successfully discourgage other states from enacting similar laws that would take away the U.S. citizenship of children born to illegal immigrant parents. NCLR is taking credit for a boycott that generated political results, a large voter turn out and the defeat of a measure in Arizona to admend Constitutional laws that automatically bestows U.S. citizenship to every child born in the U.S., its territories and Common Wealth of Puerto Rico.
NCLR will ask other groups to cancel the boycotts and begin to generate business in Arizona. A decision by NCLR that most groups will ignore, since Arizona continues its legal fight to fully implement SB 1070, which allows law enforcement officers to ask for legal status of suspected illegal immigrants in the state during traffic stops or domestic violations. Major provisons of SB 1070 have been blocked by a federal judge.
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