While Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon spoke out against Senate Bill 1070 on a panel in Washington, D.C. Friday, people around the country were busy organizing campaigns to stimulate Arizona businesses in support of the new immigration law.
"This law is wrong, it doesn't do anything for security," said Gordon. "It doesn't do anything but really lead to racial profiling, and it should be overturned and the government should do its job, but I plead to everybody not to boycott and pain us all in this thing."
Mayor Gordon's political opponents do agree with him on one thing, urging people not to boycott Arizona. Some are starting campaigns to stimulate economic growth in the state.
"We estimate that it has already cost us almost $150 million at a time when we're just starting to recover on the economic front," Gordon said. "This is about all businesses, not only immigrant businesses, but major corporations."
Texas-based conservative radio host Michael Berry said everyone who supports the immigration law should be supporting those businesses, and has come out in favor of the SB 1070.
"These illegals that come over, not all of them want to mow someone's lawn or wash dishes," Berry said. "There are violent criminal gangs coming in here as well, and this is the only way you can stop it. I think Arizona's leading the nation."
He is rallying people to come to Arizona and spend money in caravans in June, to counter the boycotts of cities, states and businesses round the country.
Berry isn't the only one.
The Tea Party has organized a website called "Buycott Arizona." So far, more than 3,000 people have signed up on Facebook.
"We're going to buy Arizona-made products, Arizona based food, and basically show the folks that we're standing up, standing behind them," Berry said.
The ACLU NAACP and five other rights organizations officially announced they are filing a lawsuit Friday. They called the law unconstitutional and said it encourages racial profiling, endangers public safety and betrays American values.
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