Arizona Boycott Targets Baseball, Tourism

Gov. 'disappointed' by call to action
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2010 3:48 AM CDT
Updated Apr 28, 2010 6:00 AM CDT
Boycott organizer are urging opponents of Arizona' immigration law to consider avoiding the state and visiting canyons less grand.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – People opposed to Arizona's tough new immigration law should stay away from Diamondbacks games and the Grand Canyon, say organizers of a national boycott of the controversial state. Tourists are being urged to avoid Arizona, and business groups are being told they should hold their conventions elsewhere, Reuters reports. The Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association says 6 conventions—including one for immigration lawyers—have already been canceled.

City officials in San Francisco have joined calls for an Arizona boycott, noting that similar pressure persuaded the state to make Martin Luther King Day a holiday. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said she is "disappointed" by calls for a boycott of her state. "They are only depriving the legal residents of Arizona when they do that," she told the Arizona Republic. "I think it's both unfortunate and unnecessary."

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