Tuesday, May 11, 2010

McCain campaign ad focuses on immigration

Back in 2007 John McCain strongly supported a failed bipartisan attempt at federal immigration reform. Since then the Arizona senator has faced occasional accusations of “flip-flopping” on immigration such as during his unsuccessful 2008 bid for the presidency. As he faces a strong conservative challenge for his Senate seat it should come as no surprise that he has tried to portray himself as strong against illegal immigration. Hence, the following ad recently issued by his campaign:

The ad claims that Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu is "appearing only in his personal capacity" yet as CBS News noted the officer “appears in the spot in uniform, giving the impression that he represents all border patrol law enforcement.” Publicly, Babeu has appeared occasionally on cable news programs to back McCain’s campaign as well as support Arizona’s recently signed strict immigration law.

Several local sheriffs have not agreed with Babeu’s line of thinking; for instance, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik deemed the controversial law as “disgusting” and “stupid.”

In the meantime, the protest boycott against Arizona seems to be gaining steam and has started to negatively affect the state’s economy. Though some supporters of the law have tried to counter with a "buy Arizona" campaign, one economist believes that the boycott could really hurt Arizona’s tourism industry:
"This is happening at a time when the Legislature, in its ultimate wisdom, decided to cut the Arizona tourism budget back significantly, at a time when you need to worry about creating jobs," said (senior economist with Elliott D. Pollack & Co. Jim) Rounds.

He added, "It's going to be bad because it's at a time when we are going to have a hard time creating jobs. It's still going to be a very weak economic recovery and, unfortunately, our friends in the tourism industry are going to bear the brunt of this."
(Hat tip: Wonkette).

Online Sources- Wonkette, MSNBC, The Latin Americanist, YouTube, CBC News, Fox News, azcentral.com, KTAR


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San Francisco Boycotts Arizona - Chicago : Basketball High School Girls in Boycott - Mexico Officials boycott Arizona : No Travel - Itemized list of Cities that approved Boycott

May 11, 2010 - San Francisco : The Board of Supervisors today approved a resolution calling for a boycott of the state of Arizona ( approved 10-1 ) - Mayor Gavin Newsom has already ordered a moratorium on city employee travel to Arizona for official business, with exceptions for law enforcement, public health or safety.

Chicago : Highland Park basketball team trip to Arizona scrapped - Administrators cite safety concerns - the Highland Park High School girls varsity basketball team won't go to Arizona because of that state's new crackdown on illegal immigrants.

Hartford, the capital city of the U.S. state of Connecticut approved the Boycott against Arizona

A resolution introduced at a city council meeting Monday ( May 10 ) to boycott Arizona businesses and halt Hartford travel to that state passed by a vote of 8-0-1.

Other cities that approved the Boycott in City Councils or Boards of Supervisors :

Boston, Oakland CA, West Hollywood CA, El Paso TX, San Jose CA, Philadelphia.

Tucson and Flagstaff City Councils voted to oppose SB1070. The problem is that the cities of Tucson and Flagstaff are located in Arizona.

Boulder Colorado : the city has banned official travel to Arizona.

The Denver Colorado Public School District last week decided that its employees should not take business trips to Arizona.

San Francisco and St. Paul have banned public employees from traveling to Arizona on business.

Richmond California : The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday nigh tto oppose Arizona's law and bar city workers from traveling there on behalf of the city. In addition, Richmond won't do business with Arizona-based companies and will nix any contracts it has now with these firms if it can do so legally.

Gallup City ( New Mexico ) : Gallup city leaders sent a letter to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer this week, telling her that Arizona has lost all business from Gallup city employees.


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Anonymous said...

That list of boycotts is very heartening. Thanks for posting it, Vicente.

Esther Cervantes