San Francisco to Vote on Boycott of State of Arizona

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If Supervisor David Campos has his way, Arizona and San Francisco won't be on speaking terms

UPDATE: Read the text of the resolution here.

Supervisor David Campos this morning confirmed that he will tomorrow introduce emergency legislation calling for a San Francisco boycott of Arizona in response to that state's controversial new immigration law.

"I feel the city and county of San Francisco has to take a stand against what's happened in Arizona," said Campos. "The law they've enacted is really an affront to the basic principles of the constitution."

Arizona's newly minted law, among other features, makes it a crime to be an undocumented immigrant and brings heavy fines against organizations that hire illegal immigrants. Campos and others, however, claim it will discourage immigrants from reporting crimes to police and could lead to rampant racial profiling of anyone who resembles a Latino.

As for what a boycott of Arizona would entail, however, Campos didn't have many details just yet.

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"I think, from time to time, there must be conferences [in Arizona] that city employees attend," said Campos, himself a former undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, and a champion of San Francisco's "sanctuary city" policy. This, he believes, should cease immediately. "The city and county of San Francisco should have nothing to do with the state of Arizona."

Beyond conferences, when asked if his proposed boycott might extend, hypothetically, to a computer consultant based out of Phoenix, he said it would: "That probably would fall under what we have in mind."

While Campos plans to introduce his emergency bill at tomorrow's full Board of Supervisors meeting -- and safe money would be on its advancement -- a boycott of Arizona is not immediately imminent. Campos said more analysis is required by city departments in the "next week or so" to determine just what this city's ties to Arizona are, and how a boycott would affect them.

Campos also wants more examination of how many private sector deals San Francisco has with Arizona entities, such as the hypothetical consultant mentioned above.

UPDATE, 8:55 a.m.: Regarding an Arizona boycott, City Attorney Dennis Herrera just fired off a press release stating he is "fully committed to work with San Francisco city departments and commissions to identify all applicable contracts, and to pursue termination wherever possible. And my office stands ready to assist in any legal challenges in whatever way it can."

UPDATE, April 27, 5 p.m.: Campos today introduced his legislation before the full board; it will be voted on likely within a month according to his office. SF Weekly has requested a copy of the resolution. In the meantime, he outlined several key points of the measure. City employees would not be sent to Arizona on business; a thorough review would be undertaken of existing contracts with companies headquartered in Arizona; private San Francisco businesses would be encouraged to avoid doing business with any Arizona-based entities or attending any conventions; and professional and collegiate sporting teams are also encouraged to jump on the bandwagon. Campos specifically brought up the 1993 relocation of the Super Bowl from Arizona to Pasadena in response to the Grand Canyon State's refusal to acknowledge the federal Martin Luther King holiday.

H/T   |   LezGetReal
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