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San Francisco weighs sweeping boycott of Arizona over illegal immigration law


San Francisco officials on Tuesday will consider a sweeping boycott of Arizona in the wake of that state's passage of tough anti-illegal-immigration measures.

A resolution before the Board of Supervisors calls on the city to cancel contracts with companies based in Arizona and halt business ties between city government and the state.

Meanwhile, San Francisco City Atty. Dennis Herrera said he was already looking into whether contracts with Arizona could be legally severed without penalty.

The proposal is backed by Supervisor David Campos. But Mayor Gavin Newsom has expressed concerns, questioning how a boycott could be pulled off.

"The notion of boycotting a state and every business that does business in the state is an extraordinarily complicated matter," he told the San Francisco Chronicle.

The Arizona law makes it a crime under state law to be in the country illegally by specifically requiring immigrants to have proof of their immigration status. Violations are a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. Repeat offenses would be a felony.

It also requires police officers to "make a reasonable attempt" to determine the immigration status of a person if there is a "reasonable suspicion" that he or she is an illegal immigrant. Race, color or national origin may not be the only things considered in implementation. Exceptions can be made if the attempt would hinder an investigation.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Supporters of the Arizona immigration bill gather at a recent rally. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

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Oh my a law saying that it is a criminal offense to break the law. What a concept. Let's burn down Arizona because of their bigotry! Their cops are getting killed, their crime rate from Latinos is through the roof, boarder towns are being attacked, ranchers being killed all by criminal elements in the illegal population. ICE does nothing. Obama wants their vote, nobody cares about their situation. So they pass a law basically saying that they are authorizing their police to do what the federal police will not do. Uphold the laws of our country.

I get it why San Francisco hates this law. But until you walk a mile in their shoes and are under siege perhaps you should keep your mouths shut!

"San Francisco officials on Tuesday will consider a sweeping boycott of Arizona in the wake of that state's passage of tough anti-illegal-immigration measures."


Boycott Arizona? - NO!

Boycott Mexico - SI!

Campos et al won't be happy until California resembles Mexico with its crime and dysfunction.

Good for San Francisco. I'm a regular visitor there no more. I'll take my tourist dollars to Arizona. Thank you for making my decision so easy. Stand up and for the Constitution of the United States of America.

Who care what San Francisco does!!! I would say Boycott San Fran but Normal, Conservative, True Americans already due!

And people wonder why California is drowning in debt. Amazing.

San Francisco City Atty. Dennis Herrera, Supervisor David Campos show that Hispanic "Americans" are siding with their illegal brothers.

America is going down and will be taken over by Hispanics.

America will be another Latin America. I feel sorry for other races.

Latin America and new hispanic USA = Dumb and Dumber

Hispanics act like no one does the dirty work. Hey Idiots, Who is doing dirty work in Asia, Europe, Australia, Middle East, Russia, etc ? NOT HISPANICS

THE CITY IS A NOTORIOUS LAWBREAKER FOR HIDING ILLEGAL ALIENS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Who on earth would think this is a good idea?

I'm not surprised coming from a sanctuary city. I'm boycotting San Francisco. I applaud Arizona.

I know SF is looney but this stunt takes the cake! I wonder how Intel and Motorola are going to boycott their own wafer fabs in AZ now. LOL

This is already the law of the land, Arizona is just going to start enforcing it now, because the federal government will not. You people in S. F. that are against this are a bunch of morons!

Boycott San Francisco!

It's about time somebody at the state level has stepped up to the plate in this matter. "illegal" immigration is just that, illegal! The vast majority of U.S. citizens favor an immigration policy that allows people from all over the world to emmigrate to this country legally. But the people that abuse the system or just blatently disregard our laws should be rounded up and deported. If they want back in our country, come in legally! As far as the politicians in San Francisco are concerned, They can go pound sand! They're liberal idiots who want to give the country away.

Apparently this means that San Francisco officially supports illegal immigration. If they encourage people to disregard federal and state law then it would only be fair to conclude that a person may disregard San Francisco's city laws when he/she feels it is appropriate.

Howz this one. For all those who don't like what the socialists of California are doing. BOYCOTT SAN FRANCISCO and THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA!! Boycott their wine, their produce, anything California. Don't travel there, don't pay to see their movies. California's going off the cliff anyway, let's give em a nudge. Their politicians don't have the will or courage to fix their budget, and the unions own that state, not the people. Send them and San Francisco to the state of bankruptcy!! There headed there anyway lets quicken the process

san francisco is the best city in the country, can't wait till august when i move there.

OK... San Francisco will boycott Arizona business.... how about those of us that support Arizona's decision to enforce the law against ILLEGAL immigration all boycott San Francisco!!! Not just Arizonans but all LAW ABIDING citizens of the 50 states!! Let's see if they sing a different tune.

My parents came to this great country from Mexico in the 1950's legally. They went through a lot of paperwork, money and time to get in. My dad had to serve 2 years in the army in order to get his paperwork. They did it the hard way and the correct way. Unfortunately my dad could not find work when he was 56 years old because he was losing out to the illegals since they commanded a lower salary. My father in law is an independant contractor who is losing a lot of jobs to illegal immigrants. Of course they call him later to fix the work that they did. Will someone please explain why this is fair?

Its about time a state is taking action cause why should we protect them or give them any thing if they are here without any papers i think every state should jump on the bandwagon. If amercians go to another country without any papers we will get thrown out or put in jail.

It is time to end the entire immigration debate and San Francisco's irrelevant whining by instituting five key measures:

1 … create a guest worker program, giving first opportunity for ALL of the jobs involved to citizens first and limiting them, as necessary, as unemployment requires. This would allow guest workers to enter and leave the country at will and with dignity through standard ports of entry, without adverse effects to the American public, turning an adversarial relationship into a cooperative one.

2 … severe criminal sanctions for employers of illegal aliens outside of guest worker limits.

3 … remove the question of amnesty from government's hands and the corruption of politics by requiring a 75% majority public vote on ALL increases in immigration as well as amnesty for illegal aliens.

4 … repeal the obsolete provisions of the 14th Amendment making anchor babies citizens. Our creation of anchor babies is tantamount to shooting ourselves in the foot. We must stop it.

5 … zero “positive” rights and zero entitlements beyond emergency medical care and other necessities for all non-citizens. Tax employers of guest workers to pay for emergency health care and other unavoidable expenses associated with the workers’ presence in America, effectively adding these costs where they belong – to the products produced.

I realize that this would throw a monkey wrench into the left's plans to import voters as well as corporate interest in getting cheap labor, but it is long past time.

The Arizona law only reaffirms federal law. It creates no new law. Of course, no one expects San Franciscans to understand that the law applies to ILLEGAL invaders from other countries. The poster in the photo implies that the government is not obeying the Constitution. In fact, the federal government is so busy pandering to the illegals - giving them welfare, free medical care, free education for their children, free housing, cash - that they seem less interested in following law than in cultivating a new constituency guaranteed to vote Democrat. Arizona is doing the absolutely correct thing in vowing to enforce federal laws that honor and protect our borders.

Let's not forget they were also the only State in the Nation to refuse to celerate ML King Day

They have a long history of racism there

Is San Francisco still harboring that illegal who ruthlessly gunned down that poor family just living their life?

I am boycotting San Fransisco now, I was planning on visiting a friend soon but screw that city.

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