SF to Continue Arizona Boycott
A San Francisco supervisor hopes to send a strong message to Arizona, in light of the U.S. Supreme Court striking down most of that state's controversial immigration law.
When Arizona's SB 1070 was enacted two years ago, a number of U.S. cities, including San Francisco, tried to punish the state with an economic boycott. A resolution signed by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom discourages travel to Arizona by city workers and new contracts with any companies headquartered there.
San Francisco Supervisor David Campos authored the legislation. He says only a complete repeal of the Arizona law will move him to try and lift the boycott:
“San Francisco will remain true to the belief that no group of individuals should be discriminated against and so long as they try to do that I think the boycott will remain.”
Monday's ruling preserves for now the most contentious part of the law - allowing police in Arizona to begin checking immigration status of people they detain.
Campos believes that part of the law cannot be implemented without racial profiling.
In any case, it's unclear what impact, if any, boycotts by San Francisco and other California cities have had on Arizona.