Arizona’s harsh new immigration law is creating blowback, Christine Ahn and Linda Burnham assert in a Foreign Policy In Focus column. A growing number of cities, including Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, have passed city council resolutions mandating boycotts of city business with companies in Arizona, including any official travel, to protest the law. Ahn and Burnham say Arizona has given local authorities “license to racially profile any individual.” Meanwhile, Arizona is taking additional measures, such as outlawing the pursuit of ethnic studies, which are drawing additional criticism. “Mexican Americans are inevitably going to feel proud of who they are and where they came from–even if acknowledging and encouraging such pride in the classroom are against the law,” Eugene Robinson writes in his Washington Post column. OtherWords cartoonist Khalil Bendib depicts some of the irony in Arizona’s immigration law in this cartoon.
Angry about Arizona
Cities boycott Arizona to protest its immigration law as the state cracks down on ethnic studies.
By Emily Schwartz Greco | May 14, 2010