Nogales goes on record against immigration law

By Bud Foster – email

NOGALES, AZ (KOLD) - Nogales is officially on record as opposed to SB 1070, Arizona's immigration law.

In a special meeting held in the council chambers Monday morning, the council voted unanimously to support the resolution.

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But Nogales did not go as far as Tucson and Flagstaff, both of whom voted so to support a lawsuit against the state in an effort to stop SB 1070 from becoming law.

At least not yet.

"We want to analyze all our options in the very near future," says Octavio Garcia-Von Borstel, the Nogales mayor.

Asked if a lawsuit is one of those options, "absolutely" was the reply.

"We thought this would take a very strong stand to begin with," he said.

Estimates are, 60% to 65% of the sales tax collected in Nogales comes from the 60,000 thousand Mexican nationals who cross the border daily to shop.

"If people don't want to come across we're going to have to face a crisis in our city," says council member Arturo Garino.

He says services would face a crisis as well.

"This looks like a ghost town," says Frank Bae, manager of La Familia, a general store a stone's throw from the Mexican border.

He says 90% to 95% of his sales come from foot traffic from Nogales, Sonora.

But things have not gone well recently.

Still, he's hesitant to blame it on SB 1070.

"I don't know if it's because of that or not, but it's a lot less than before," he says.

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