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Travel Boycott of Arizona, More Harm than Good?

There is a movement in the USA to boycott the state of Arizona. People with a chrystiline notion of justice have made a call that tourists should not travel to Arizona in an attempt to pressure the local government into overturning its new batch of anti-illegal immigrant laws. These laws state that police officers are required to request identification from any person whose legal status may be in question.

Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin, Boston, St. Paul, Minn., Oakland, San Diego, West Hollywood, El Paso (city and county), Boulder, and a large number of special interest groups have already boycotted travel to Arizona.

Map of Arizona

Arizona, which shares a long border with Mexico, has been fighting a battle against illegal immigration for as long as anyone cares to remember, but this new tactic is one of the least popular in recent years. Many states, municipalies, and special interest groups around the USA are calling for boycotts of Arizona as a whole — companies are refusing to do business with Arizona firms, other states have ceased relations with its southwestern kin, and the call has went up to encourage people not to travel to Arizona, to not spend money in such an unjust, inhumane state.

This is suppose to help the Latino population of Arizona.

The moral muckrakers of the liberal side of the USA seem to be trying to punish an entire state in an attempt to pressure its government to overturn its policy. Though it is my impression that states are also made of people, not just institutions, politians, and police. An act economic sabotage against a government — a boycott, sanctions, whatever you want to call it — is an affront against the people who live there, and that the common people may be the ones who feel the heavy hand of the boycott the most vehemently.

I cannot help but to wonder how this is going to help anybody in Arizona. A travel ban on the state means that tourism will decrease, less people will visit, would be tourists and liberal government officials will get to stroke their moral cocks and cloak themselves in self-righteous grandeur:
“Arizona violates human rights, so we are going to take our vaction somewhere else. We’ll show ’em!”

If this travel boycott to Arizona actually effects a large decrease in tourism, then there is a good chance that many hotels and other businesses dependant on tourists dollars may be stabbed in the gut financially. Companies that do not turn as much of a profit as they would like often lay off employees, axing the lowest levels of their staffs first.

Who makes up a large portion of the low level staff in the Arizona hospitality industry?

People of Hispanic descent, both immigrants and citizens.

So now it seems to me that not only do many people of Hispanic descent in Arizona need to bother with increased police survelience but also with the threat of loosing their jobs, as well. One affront comes from the political right, and the other from the left, the people get caught in the middle — same story.

Are these the intended ends of the travel boycott?

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Filed under: Arizona, Current Events, Immigration, Intercultural Conflict, Politics, USA

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Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 80 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3135 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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