With the Department of Justice (DOJ) filing suit against Arizona, many Massachusetts residents are making their voices heard. Though the Bay state is miles from Arizona, what happens there has far-reaching consequences and inextricably connects both to the rest of the states. Steven Camarota, the Research Director of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), discussed this connection yesterday on C-Span.
Camarota described the situation as a conflict between enforcing current law or rewriting national legislation. He acknowledged that while it is important to refine our immigration policy, Camarota stated that doing so is the equivalent of, “…putting the cart before the horse” if we can’t first enforce our laws. Camarota mentioned that thirty-four states have passed some form of immigration policy or are boycotting Arizona like Boston. His concern over enforcement is shared by local residents.
Steve Kropper, co-chairman of the Massachusetts Citizens of Immigration Reform (MCIR), is an adamant supporter of the Arizona law. According to Kropper, the legislation is sound because it, “takes the handcuffs off police” by enabling them to better perform their jobs. Though some residents may agree with Kropper, not everyone does.
Yesterday the Pittsfield chapter of Manos Unidas, translated as Hands United, asked that the city council mirror the boycott initiated by the Boston City Council. On May 5th, the Boston City Council adopted a non-binding resolution which allowed them to stop working with Arizona or any Arizona based businesses.
That Massachusetts is a part of this controversy is a very compelling reason for residents to pay attention to what happens in other states. Think about everything this way. With Beantown leading a boycott, businesses like Cold Stone and P.F. Chang’s could lose revenue because they are based in Tempe and Scottsdale Arizona, respectively. If residents are as enamored with custom-made ice cream and Chinese food like this writer is, then we have even more motivation to get involved with this discussion.
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