Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Baseball caught in Ariz. boycott

Baseball caught in Ariz. boycott
Backlash from immigration law also hits tourism

Immigrants, activists and supporters of illegal immigrants rally against a new Arizona law on Tuesday outside of Federal Plaza in New York City.
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By David Schwartz and Tim Gaynor
updated 7:19 p.m. CT, Tues., April 27, 2010

PHOENIX - Immigration-rights activists called on baseball fans on Tuesday to stay home from Arizona Diamondbacks games as part of a broad economic boycott to protest a statewide crackdown on illegal immigration signed into law in Arizona.
As a backlash by Hispanic groups, organized labor and civil liberties activists gained steam, the leader of the California Senate and officials in two of the state's biggest cities also moved to cut ties with companies based in neighboring Arizona.
Opponents of the state immigration law, the toughest on the books in the United States, urged travelers to avoid the tourism-dependent Grand Canyon state and for business groups and other organizations to hold their conventions elsewhere.

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