On the Ground in Tucson, Arizona's SB 1070 Not So Popular - Page 2
When you ask Tucsonans what they think about SB 1070, they know the law by number, and they all seem to have an opinion. Only one person said he didn't really know anything about it, but he seemed to be drunk. Tina, a bartender at Che's Lounge (maybe she was responsible for the guy who knew nothing) expressed the most common sentiment, "That's the dumbest f-ckin' law I ever heard of," she said.
Enrique Alcantar, a Tucson chef, lamented the idea of Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva's would call for boycotts, "I don't support the law, but calling for boycotts of his own state? Who does he think the boycott is gonna hurt? It’ll be the same people people targeted by the law."
That said, the boycott seems to be working. The Arizona Republic reports that Phoenix alone may lose $90 million in convention and visitor revenue. According to Tucson Weekly, Tucson took a $6 million hit in just the week after the law was signed. Alcantar is right — the food, beverage and hospitality industries are poised to be hard hit by the boycott. Conventions are booked years in advance. The damage will linger years after the law is overturned or repealed.
Phoenix mayor Phil Gordon calls it "an economic crisis." And it is worth noting that Tucson, Phoenix and Flagstaff – three of Arizona’s biggest cities – are all suing to have the law overturned.
Predictably, Governor Jan Brewer remained stunningly tone deaf. In announcing a task force to blunt the momentum of the boycott, she noted that tourists shouldn’t boycott Arizona. After all, as she put it, “For those people flying in, they already have that identification, most of them, when they get on the plane.”
No kidding. She really said that.