Full disclosure: I only sent the following letter to the Republican leadership of the AZ State Senate and House.
Letter to the Arizona State Senate and House of Representatives:
For the past two months I have been reading about city, county, state and the federal governments all launching their own private economic war against our state of Arizona.
S.B. 1070 has been called “unconstitutional…basically unconstitutional and flawed” by the unindicted governor of New Mexico. He failed to cite what about the law was unconstitutional or flawed or if he had read it.
Our law is currently being challenged by our federal government. I still haven’t heard if Attorney General Eric Holder has added our law to his reading list. Even former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano said that she hadn’t read the law before she condemned it.
Last week a geographically challenged County Supervisor from Milwaukee Wisconsin, Peggy West, was seeking to jump onboard the boycott Arizona bandwagon by reasoning, “If this was Texas, which is a state that is directly on the border with Mexico, and they were calling for a measure like this saying that they had a major issue with undocumented people flooding the borders, I would have to look twice at this. But this is a state that is a ways removed from the border.” If she wouldn’t look up Arizona on a U.S. map, do you think she read the law before calling for yet another boycott of Arizona?
These people are not reading the law and still insist on condemning it and causing economic hardship to our state and its citizens.
I’m an Arizonan and I will not sit back and watch as people from other states declare economic and legal war against us for merely trying to protect our citizens and to mandate that current immigration laws be enforced.
My view of this law is that it is anti-sanctuary not anti-immigration. This law is not doing anything against illegal aliens that the federal immigration laws have not done for the past seventy years. It does have provisions in the law which will fine and suspend the license of business owners for hiring illegal aliens. The second offense will result in the permanent revocation of their business license. Seems harsh but this punishment is not cruel and unusual, it is just.
No sanctuary will be given to the illegal immigrants crashing our border looking for work and no quarter will be given to businesses who hire them.
The time has come for our state government to defend our economic rights. I suggest that we adopt or build on the following item.
“The Boycott Clause”, a new mandatory “in kind” provision for all bidders incorporated in states other than Arizona. This provision will automatically eliminate any bidders from cities, counties or states currently engaged in a boycott of Arizona.
This “in kind” approach will be in effect as soon as the motion or vote to boycott is carried. This should give any government pause before they decide to make political capital at our expense.
Our state can longer just stand by and continue to take these cheap shots from out-of-state governments. Arizonan’s want S.B. 1070 to take effect in July and are confident that it will provide some relief from the overwhelming fiscal drain caused by the illegal population in our state.