Immigration law boycott cost Ariz. $140 mln: study

PHOENIX Thu Nov 18, 2010 3:17pm EST

PHOENIX (Reuters) - A tourism and convention boycott of Arizona over its controversial crackdown on illegal immigrants has cost the state $141.4 million in lost spending, according to a study released on Thursday.

The Mexico border state passed the law in late April, ordering police to check the immigration status of anyone they suspected was in the country illegally, in a bid to curb illegal immigration and border-related crime.

A majority of Americans supported the measure. But outraged opponents charged it was unconstitutional and a mandate for racial profiling, and called for an economic boycott of the desert state.

The report by the Washington-based Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank, pegged losses to the state's hotel sector at $45 million from the boycott.

Lost visitor spending on items -- including food, drinks, entertainment and in-town transportation -- cost businesses an additional $96.4 million, the study reported.

A U.S. federal judge stayed the most controversial parts of the law shortly before it came into effect in late July. Arizona lodged an appeal, which is being considered by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

The Grand Canyon state drew more than 35 million visitors in 2009 who spent more than $16.6 billion, according to the Arizona Office of Tourism.

(Reporting by Tim Gaynor, editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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Comments (3)
Ying-Yang wrote:
How much was due to the falling economy? I bet much of it. I’m heading for vacation in Arizona tomorrow! I’m happy to give them my $$$. I will not let ANYONE know I’m from California.

Nov 18, 2010 4:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse
DelawareBob wrote:
Now, Let’s see if you understand this and get it through your head. Illegal aliens are costing this Country BILLIONS every year they are here. If you want to put a stop to the costs, ENFORCE THE LAW!

When you get rid of all the illegal aliens, you will get rid of all the problems that go with them. THAT IS A FACT!

Nov 18, 2010 11:41pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Brittanicus wrote:
GET ON THE PHONES NOW!

NEED THE FACTS NOT LIES OF THE DREAM ACT?—IT’S ANOTHER STEALTH AMNESTY!

Would you like to know the 10 obnoxious facts about Senator Harry Reid’s DREAM ACT? Not the usual Liberal claptrap that only a proportion of Americans are supposedly to absorb as the truth? Sen. Jeff Sessions put out the following release yesterday on the DREAM Act, that it’s an incremental illegal-alien amnesty bill S.3827. Read Senator Sessions of Alabama statement at:

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/253506/and-dream-shall-never-die-mark-krikorian

Call your Senator or Representative at the Washington Switchboard at 202-224-3121. Demand NO DREAM ACT. It’s really a De-Facto Amnesty as another tax on Americans. Fax Congress for free at www.numbersusa.com

Nov 19, 2010 5:39pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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