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Some Democrats Call For Arizona Boycott

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Democratic Senator Gil Cedillo is pushing a resolution that warns Californians against traveling to Arizona. It blames that state’s recent law that allows police to ask for the I.D. of anyone they stop if they reasonably suspect they're in the country illegally. Democratic Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg says it’s unconstitutional:

 “There’s one defining characteristic to stop someone and ask them for their papers. It’s whether or not their skin is browner than my skin. That is not what this country is about, that is not what our struggle is about that is not what our history is about.”

The resolution also asks California’s public employee retirement funds to stop making new investments in Arizona—and urges Major League Baseball to drop Arizona from consideration for next year’s All Star Game.  The Govenror’s spokesman, Aaron McLear says Schwarzenegger opposes Arizona’s law – but he doesn’t agree with the boycott:
 “Severing ties with Arizona is not the answer. That could very well cost us money at a time at which we can’t afford that.”

One thing both Democrats and the Governor agree on: They want the federal government to step in and come up with a new national immigration policy.
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