An Arizona congresswoman has asked the city of Los Angeles and other governments and organizations to back off their boycotts of Arizona, arguing that the actions only “punish the wrong people,” including hotel workers (translation: “Latino immigrants”) in an already bad economy.
In a letter to the city of L.A. and 41 other cities and organizations that have cut Arizona out of their travel and business plans as a result of the state's controversial immigration law, Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat, writes that the boycotts “unfairly punish workers and businesses that already have been hard-hit by the recession.”
” … All types of Arizona businesses now unfairly targeted by local governments and national organizations,” she writes. “From the outset, I have expressed concerns that a boycott would hurt Arizona's families and businesses at a time when our state is taking the first steps toward economic recovery.”
Interestingly, Giffords hasn't tried to upend the law or join any of the lawsuits that seek to nullify it. In fact, she was the inspiration for the Obama administration to announce it would send 1,200 National Guard troops to the boarder to assist with immigration enforcement.
The New York Times reported over the weekend that the sort of “crime wave” cited by Giffords and other immigration alarmists doesn't exist and that, in fact, crime is down along the border, according to the FBI, and so is illegal immigration.