2 Arizona cities vote to sue state over new anti-immigration law; others begin boycotts

May 1 Mega March in Dallas
May 1 Mega March in Dallas

The city councils of two Arizona cities voted to sue the state over its new immigration law on Tuesday. Tucson and Flagstaff are both concerned over the impact on tourism and the cost of enforcement.

Participation in Saturday’s Mega March in Dallas and in other marches across the country was fueled by opposition to the new law, which would require law enforcement officials to question people about their immigration status if they’re suspected of being in the country illegally.

Gay groups that participated in the Dallas march support comprehensive federal immigration reform that includes equality for LGBT immigrants.

Four lawsuits had already been filed against the law. A police officer from Tucson and one from Phoenix each have sued on their own behalf and not on behalf of their departments. The National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders, and a Washington-based researcher who plans to visit Arizona have also sued the state.

According to the Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup “said the law is based on a misguided notion illegal immigrants are bad for the area’s quality of life and economy. ‘Frankly, I don’t believe that’s true,’ Walkup said.”

In Texas, El Paso is the first city to officially react to the law.

The El Paso Times reports that city workers were instructed to avoid travel to Arizona until the law is repealed. Only one city council member voted against the boycott.

The American Immigration Lawyers Association has already canceled their fall convention that was scheduled to be held in September in Scottsdale.

The law won’t take effect until July . More coverage in Friday’s Dallas Voice.

—  David Taffet