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

Boycotts put Arizona's reputation on the line

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/05/07/art.protest.az.jpg caption="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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Filed under: Arizona • Immigration
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  1. John D

    I will boycott any who boycotts Arizona! I will not pruchase anything from anyone or anywhere who does not support Arizonas law. It is exactly as the federal law only they have the guts to enforce it!

    May 7, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  2. Wyatt

    Arizona should just bus all the illegals to DC and let Obama/Ried/Pelosi deal with them. It is easy for arm chair politicians to criticize a state for trying to deal with a neglected federal problem. Maybe those corporations that are threatening to boycott should start an adopt an illegal program and send money to Arizona to cover the cost? Good grief people! What will it take for you to defend your country?

    May 7, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  3. Our nation is divided and on the brink

    Boycott the state who's governor had the courage to stand up for the legal citizens of the U.S. in order not to be trampled (or worse) by the illegal immigrants? Come on folks, if it's illegal to be/stay in this country without legal documents then you have admit she did the right thing.

    May 7, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  4. Jill American

    We called off a vacation to Arizonia this summer. I will not even entertain the thought of taking my legal immigrant, American citizen, adopted daughter to an environment where it is OK for any police officer to ask to 'see her papers' because she 'looks Mexican'. Not this second generation American WASP. No way. no how.

    May 7, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  5. Karen-Texas

    Can't believe people are actually trying to get companies to boycott Arizona when people in that state are trying to get the government to enforce our laws. These laws have been here for years and we still make excuses why they cannot be enforced. If the latino people are here legally then they have nothing to worry about. What's wrong with this picture, folks?

    May 7, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  6. jay1975

    Don't these boycotts violate the interstate commerce clause? If so, the feds need to step in and correct these cities.

    May 7, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  7. Delores

    Arizona passed an ILLEGAL immigration law that actually ENFORCES said law. The law itself, is written almost word for word of a federal law already on the books that the federal government has chosen NOT to enforce. I don't see this as divisive, absurd, prejudicial or unconsitiutional at all. They are trying to stop ILLEGALS immigrants at the rate of 300,000+ per year to keep Arizona from becoming bankrupt while providing expensive social services to immigrants who are here ILLEGALLY as opposed to providing services to the LEGAL state residents. I do not find it to be discrimitory to Mexicans, per se, as most of these 300,000 ARE from Mexico. It does help to stop other ILLEGALS such as Al Qaeda.....

    May 7, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  8. g ontario

    want to see republicans go into panick mold have all that cheap lobour walk out of arizona

    May 7, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  9. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Hey, CNN,

    Since two-thirds of the country support Arizona's law, where are the stories about people and groups demonstrating that support? Is their omission a reflection of your biases?

    May 7, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  10. 60% of country agree with AZ

    A recent Rasmussen national poll shows over 60% of americans agree with AZ, and this % will grow as more people begin to understand the issues. It is not Arizona's reputation on the line, it is Obama's and the Democratic Congress who treat immigration reform like the third rail of politics.

    I hope AZ stands firm. At least they are doing something to protect their borders and their citizens. All Obama, Pelosi, and reid can do is spend more money

    And shame on Mayor Menino and the Boston city council for breaking ties with AZ - The Boston City Council is willing to take a hard line about AZ but cannot stand up to their own municipal unions who are bankrupting Boston.

    May 7, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  11. liberalTex

    This is total and utter B.S. The majority of people in this country support Arizona inforcing existing law. The open borders people are just trying to intimidate Arizona into retracting the law. Don't do it Arizona, you have a right and responsibility to protect your citizens, and we admire you. More states need to get serious about doing the job the federal government won't do. I am a fierce liberal, but I think all of these states that are speaking out should take their fair share of illegals, then they would be singing a diiferent tune. Shame on Boston city counci, the whole city of Boston has about the same population as Arizona has illegals. They want to sit in judgement, when they don't have to deal with the problems themselves.

    May 7, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  12. Mike in NYC

    Funny how polls, not to mention posts on news fora and blog threads, indicate that a majority support the AZ law, but their voices are surprisingly muted where it counts, in the streets.

    Sure, gainfully employed folks don't have much time to raise hell, but where do those who support and enable invaders get the funds for their organizations and endless protests? They've got big cash coming in, and friends in high, high places. This ain't no Poor People's Project.

    Remember, it's design, not incompetence, that keeps the borders open.

    May 7, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  13. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Gov. Brewer brought this on herself and the rest of Arizonians. I know I don't intend on spending a red cent in Arizona until she removes the law. Watching the Suns wear their "Los Suns" jersey's the other night should be an indicator that the legislature is on the wrong side of this issue. I will not be going to my timeshare in Sedona until this changed.

    May 7, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  14. SethC

    Why the boycott, because we stand up for the law? Because we speak what is truth, and what is on all of your minds, and don't have the guts to say. Except the illegals, who want a free ride, I believe in becoming a citizen of America, but do it through the process as alot of you have done, whatever race you are. This is not only about Mexican, of which I am fourth generation, since the early 1920"s. This is nonsense, people grow up and follow the law, and don't go blaming our Governor she only did the will of the people. We have spoken and she had the cajones to stand up and do as we the people wanted.

    May 7, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  15. RobK

    I suggest that conservatives boycott any organization that boycotts Arizona.

    May 7, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  16. Brenda

    The MAJORITY in the country support Arizona- based on the results of numerous natonal polls.

    There are now numerous groups/sites made up of citizens throughout the country--who have started "BUY"cots in order to support Arizona. Citizens throughout the country scheduling vacations in Arizona--and buying merchandise from Arizona businesses.

    There are now at "least' 6 states considering passing the same law.

    There are going to be at "least" two huge rallies in Phoenix during the first week of June--with thousands of citizens and radio shows going to attend-– to show support for Arizona and the rule of law.

    Arizona will be just fine!!!

    May 7, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  17. Mark from Louisiana

    I'll boycott the groups that boycott Arizona. I'll join in on a buycott for Arizona. They are only doing what the federal government should be doing, which is enforcing existing immigration laws.

    May 7, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  18. t22

    I'll be boycotting any group that boycotts Arizona.

    May 7, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  19. Ruty

    Don't back down Arizona. Show your muscles and keep cleaning up your streets and taking back your state.

    May 7, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  20. Illegal amigo

    You can ask me if I have health insurance....Just don't ask me if I am in the country illegally! Have a nice day!

    May 7, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  21. Obozo's Record Deficit + Higher Taxes

    Stand Strong AZ.

    There are more who will support you.

    May 7, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  22. Dis-gusted

    What an insult!!! How dare any American who thinks it is okay to allow illegals to dictate to us what we can and cannot do as far as having them come into this country the legal/illegal way. Let them get in line to become American citizens and show them that demonstrating in the streets is not going to get them approval to be here illegally. It is rediculos for any American to be a friend of the liiegals. They all yell when the idea of paying higher taxes for their care or paying taxes for anything else for that matter. How does a country have all the "goodies" that everyone wants without willing to help pay for them? Use your brain, and leave Arizona alone!!!

    May 7, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  23. Dean

    It says a lot about our country when a state meets so much opposition for enforcing federal laws to make their state a safer place for its citizens to live in.
    Shame on them for wanting cut down on drugs, murder, kidnapping and costs associated with supporting illegals. Not to mention getting some jobs back.

    May 7, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  24. tcaros

    Arizona is a crazy state.

    That's where we got McCain and look at how crazy they act now.

    May 7, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  25. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Arizona never had much of a positive reputation. AZ makes South Carolina look like it is mainstream.

    May 7, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
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