Will all these Arizona Bans Work?
Some hotels are already feeling the pain over Arizona's new immigration law SB 1070, but some believe those effects won't last long, NPR reported yesterday. One example is the Clarendon Hotel in Phoenix where 80 rooms--about $8,000 worth--were canceled in one day last week. At the Arizona Inn in Tucson, the owner had a stack of e-mails requesting cancellation. "The small role I can play is not to add my presence as if everything in Arizona is fine. I shall miss visiting the Sonoran Desert and the Arizona Inn," one e-mail read.
A recent Gallup poll, however, may tell a different story. It found last week that more Americans favor the Arizona law than oppose. NPR says some people are now considering moving to the state. And Economist Elliot Pollack told the radio outlet this: "And you know what the long-term impact of those things were? Zero!"
Still, the boycotts continue. The Phoenix Suns will play as Los Suns tonight--a shrewd business move, said one LAist commenter--there are calls to move the next Republican National Convention and Major League Baseball's 2011 All-Star Game out of the state and cities like West Hollywood and San Francisco have established travel bans for city business. A Los Angeles proposal is still making its way through the process.
Governor Jan Brewer is baffled. "Why would they want to hurt the legal citizens? You and I, and everybody else in this state. It doesn't make any sense whatsoever to me." Unemployment in Arizona is already near 10%.