May 7th, 2010
09:22 AM ET
5 years ago

Boycotts put Arizona's reputation on the line

Protesters in Arizona gather to call for a repeal of the recently passed immigration law.
Protesters in Arizona gather to call for a repeal of the recently passed immigration law.

(CNN) - As the voice of opposition to Arizona's controversial immigration law gets louder, the state's reputation can expect to take a hit.

Critics of the law are calling for economic boycotts of Arizona, urging corporations and organizations to refrain from holding conventions in the state.

They're also pressuring Major League Baseball to take its 2011 All-Star Game elsewhere, much like the National Football League did in 1993 when Arizona refused to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a holiday.

While Arizona can ride out the backlash in the short term, the impact could hit hard later on, said Brayden King, assistant professor of management and organizations at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

"The reputational consequences will have long-term economic consequences if it's not resolved," King said.

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Marc

    Enough with the nonsense.
    Illegals ARE a legal problem.
    Arizona HAS the right to do something about.
    BUT the State of Arizona has not the right to create '2nd class citizens' by forcing a group of US citizens to do something that the other groups are not obliged.
    Why should a American born US citizen of Mexican (or other Latin American country) Ancestry be forced to carry 24/7 a document that proves that he is an American born US citizen?
    Got it?
    The problem is how the law end ups treating US American born citizens!!!

    May 7, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. Fitz in Texas

    Hang in there Arizona. You're doing the right thing and the majority in this country support what you are doing. In fact, my family WILL NOT be boycotting Arizona, we'll be spending our family vacation in Arizona. Never been there and looking forward to visiting your state.

    Don't believe what these left wing rags report. They know as well as we do that Arizona is supported by the majority.

    May 7, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. dj

    I hope Arizona sticks to its law. Illegal is illegal. People can't just come to this country, break our laws, suck the social services dry and expect to be rewarded.
    It is time to uphold the law (the Fed has done a poor job at best) and take care of Americans.
    Every illegal should be deported, if their children were born here while they were breaking our laws they should be deported as well.
    Close the borders, deport all here illegally with no path to citizenship. No one should be rewarded for breaking our laws. Any group supporting illegals should be tried as terrorist against the state.
    Enough is enough. One language, one flag. If you don't want to follow our laws and do it our way go back to the country you left.

    May 7, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. Ryan

    If the majority of people voted for this law then all that tells us is the majority of people in AZ are stupid. I'd love to know three months from now how many Canadians they successfully round up in this witch hunt and how many lawful citizens that happen to be of Mexican heritage are wrongfully interrogated for not carrying their papers when the gestapo pulls them over for a traffic infraction.

    God forbid the people of Arizona don't come down hard on the EMPLOYERS that hire illegal workers ...nope, once again, if you earn a corrupt business you get away with whatever you want and suffer no consequences.

    Complete Morons. I can only imagine where the education system there ranks among the rest of the States.

    May 7, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. Scott B

    Never seen a mexican fill a SUV with propane and fertilizer, so what seems to be the problem? Perhaps we should pay more attention to the movement of people from Pakistan / Afghanistan/ Iran / Iraq than to people who are just coming over the line for a better way of life.

    May 7, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. wayne

    I'm glad I bought a Stratocaster made in Mexico!

    May 7, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. Bob in PA

    Ridiculous!
    Airizona implements a law to help them increase safety and services for all legal citizens and the chuckle heads want a boycott. They all want laws to give them something but asking someone to prove they are a citizen. Try noving to a European Country, that you all hold in such high regard. The first thing you have to do is take your visa and passport to the local police station and get a national ID card with picture. If you get stopped by police, better not have forgotten your ID card at home.

    May 7, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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