Arizona's SB 1070 could cause some conference pushback

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How to handle illegal immigrants is a hot-button issue politically, and it's coming to a head in Arizona with its SB 1070. The bill, which I just heard via Twitter was signed into law this afternoon by Arizona Gov. Brewer, would allow law enforcement to demand proof of citizenship from anyone they think might be undocumented, and prosecute those who can't produce the documents. I haven't read the bill, so I can't go into any more detail than that (news outlets are starting to pick this up: NYT here, Fox news here) but from the rumblings I'm hearing already, it likely will have meetings implications.

One planner on the Miforum listserv has already said that her group is concerned about holding its fall meeting in the state, and others whose groups' whose constituencies consider this to be racial profiling rather than illegal-immigration control also may want to meet elsewhere. Fanning the flames is Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz), who according to this article earlier this week "called for a boycott of conventions and conferences in Arizona should the Bill be passed. He spoke on MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olberman earlier this week stating, 'We're asking organizations, civic, religious, labor, Latino, organizations of color to refrain from using Arizona as a convention site. To refrain from spending their dollars in the state of Arizona until Arizona turns the clock forward instead of backwards and joins the rest of the union.'” Read the the article for more responses to the call for an Arizona meetings boycott.

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