People cheer for Arizona’s State Senator Russell Pearce during a rally to support the Tea Party “Buycott” of Arizona. Arizona’s passage of SB 1070 (a bill Pearce sponsored) has put the state squarely in the crosshairs of the nation’s ongoing immigration debate.
Opponents of 1070 and immigrants’ rights activists have called for a boycott of Arizona until the law is repealed. Supporters of 1070 and conservative groups like the Tea Party have called for the “buycott” and are encouraging people to come to the Grand Canyon state and spend money.
There have been weekly events near the state capitol to rally for or protest against 1070, which goes into effect on July 29. There were very large rallies in late May but as summer set in and Phoenix temperatures have gone up into triple digits crowds have gotten smaller. Last weekend there were a couple of thousand 1070 supporters at the capitol. Today there were less than 1,000.
They listened to conservative anti-immigrant speakers like Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Pearce, former Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo and Iowa Congressman Steve King.