Rep. Raúl Grijalva issued the following statement about Wednesday's announcement over the Arizona boycott:
"The governor and legislature are blind to what this bill will really do to citizens, law enforcement and the state economy. Tourists will not come to a state with discriminatory policies on the books. Businesses will not move here. Hispanic workers and taxpayers will leave. If state lawmakers don't realize or don't care how detrimental this will be, we need to make them understand somehow. Conventions are a large source of visitors and revenue, and targeting them is the most effective way to make this point before it's too late. Just as professional athletes refused to recognize Arizona until it recognized Martin Luther King Jr., we are calling on organizations not to schedule conventions and conferences in Arizona until it recognizes civil rights and the meaning of due process. We don't want to sustain this effort any longer than necessary. It's about sending a message."
TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) - While people from around the world gather for the 28th annual La Frontera International Mariachi conference, some are wondering why Rep. Raúl Grijalva is calling for a boycott of Arizona.
The congressman announced yesterday in a news release that national organizations of all kinds should reject Arizona as a convention destination.
He said on the cable network MSNBC that economic sanctions are the only "consequences" that can be imposed on Arizona for the passage of SB 1070, the immigration enforcement bill that is drawing national applause and criticism.
"I'm really surprised that Congressman Grijalva would actually say that," Mariachi Conference President Tim Escobedo said.
While he did not expect the statement from Grijalva, Escobedo believes if SB 1070 becomes law, it could impact the conference.