A number of activist groups – including the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the National Council of LaRaza – plan to announce a boycott of the State of Arizona on Thursday to protest its recently enacted immigration law.
If so, this is one of the law’s unintended benefits.
Imagine no more La Raza members arriving with “Whites Get Out” posters, no union chiefs organizing “workers rallies” to protest reductions in cost-of-living raises for state employees or holding sit-ins to protest the deportation of foreign criminals who prey on citizens.
The Arizona law has already sparked violence. In San Francisco, a large group of protesters followed three members of the Minutemen, who approve of the new law, to the BART transit station, where they started punching and kicking them. Police in Chicago arrested 24 pro-immigrant demonstrators after they clashed with police and blocked vehicles.
Arizona already has enough of its own protesters, as seen recently at the state Capitol in Phoenix, when riot police had to be called when a pro-immigrant demonstration got out of hand. A boycott would keep out-of-state rabble-rousers from inflaming an already politically- charged situation.