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POSTED: Monday, May 3, 2010 - 3:58pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 1:19pm

El Paso - Cheers rang out after El Paso County Commissioners passed a resolution 3-2 calling for a boycott on Arizona.

The decision came after hours of debate, mostly from those against the Arizona law...

"The roots of this legislation, and I'm going to speak straight to you, is Nazi. That is where it comes from, it makes my blood boil."

But there were a small number of SB1070 supporters who did not want the resolution passed...

"I am not anti-immigrant, I am anti-illegal immigrant. Let's make that very, very, perfectly clear."

At times, things got heated and people pointed the finger at who they thought was wrong.

Even commissioners disagreed.

County Judge Anthony Cobos and Commissioner Dan Haggerty voted against the resolution....

"El Paso county has now parked all Arizona all residents of Arizona into the same corner also. They're now discriminating against businesses in Arizona, so I don't think it's the right approach."

Commissioner Willie Gandara, Jr. pushed the resolution.

It condemns the Arizona immigration law by calling for the county to end business with that state until the law is repealed...

"This bill was drafted in Arizona to racially profile Mexican-Americans, and that is not right. It's totally unconstitutional, and it's against the fabric of our life. This country was founded by immigrants."

The resolution also calls for El Pasoans to stop supporting businesses headquartered in Arizona.

While those against the Arizona law are happy with the county leader's stand, those for it say the resolution itself won't matter...

"It's as worthless as the paper it's written on, but I think it sends a negative message to the rest of the country, the rest of Texas that we're becoming a sanctuary city."

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I could say that 90% of El Paso is illegal, what are you affraid of? are you affraid it might work? Arizona Law seems to be working just fine for us legal citizens. If you do the right thing and respect the laws you shouldent have problems, if you dont care to follow the rules like everyone else then go back where you came from.

Do the right thing become legal learn our laws and learn our language. And most of all respect the laws. At first i did not agree on the new Arizona Law, but it seems to be working just fine for us here in Arizona. El Paso Tx should try it, what are you affraid of?? your affraid it might work?? L. Tavarez

El Paso and Austin SUCK! I hpoe the gangs of Juarez wipe EP off the map!

who the hell are you, you should be ashame of yourself.

The AZ law mimics in every way the Federal Law. So if the AZ law is NAZI, then so is the FED law. so how about you just BOYCOTT the USA.. we would love that. I should add that the state law wrote into it that PROFILING can "NOT" be used, the federal law has not stipulation.

AZ just made the FED law a state law. Is your ID or papers so heavy you cant carry them on you?

I support AZ, if this City continues its BS, I will move to AZ and support them with my TAX dollars. Vote Out City Council

What I dont get is that most of el paso is for the bill so is there a way to support the bill. All that is in favor we should have a petition. In fact I will look at doing so I would invite any one to help and see what we can do. This has nothing to do with being mexican i am mexican my husband is and so are my children. Its about protection our way of life and at this rate we are going to look like a third world country. I want my kids to have to every opertunity they can and not have to worry.

For those of you who applauded the counties decision to boycott AZ are really a bunch of dummies,you weren't smart enough to realize that they were doing what most good politicians do when they are backed up against a wall,they lie just to appease the masses and you bought it hook line and sinker. Why would you want to put hard working people of this community out of business.
THINK PEOPLE THINK!

IT DOES NOT GROUP HISPANICS IN ONE MESS YOU GUYS ARE GROUPING YOURSELVES IN ONE MESS AND MAKING IT LOOK LIKE IT IS AMERICANS THAT ARE DOIN IT OPEN YOUR EYES POEPLE! SHOWIN YOUR DOCUMENTS GOES FOR ANYONE NO MATTER WHERE THEY ARE FROM IF YOU BREAK THE LAW N ARE AMERICAN YOU HAVE TO SHOW DOCUMENTS SO WHAT IS THE ISSUE HERE MEXICANS? YOU GUYS ARE MAKING THIS GO WAY OUT OF HAND AND MAKIN IT SOUND LIKE ITS ALL BOUT YOU ITS NOT IT GOES FOR EVERYBODY! STOP BEIN BABIES THIS IS THE LAW DEAL WIT IT

Learn how to write.

First off all let me introduce you to some keys on you keyboard the first one is a capslock key please learn how to turn your caps off the second is the key G. Please learn to use it as your statement was quite hard to decipher but i muddled through it with a ebonics to english translator. :) Now allow me to educate you a bit. You do not have to carry proof of citizenship with you at all times if you are an american citizenship. PERIOD!

IF YOU GET PULLED OVER NO MATTER WHAT COLOR YOU ARE OR ANYTHING YOU GET ASKED FOR DRIVERS LICENSE REGISTRTION N PROOF OF INSURANCE! IF YOU CANT PROVIDE ANY OF THIS ILLEGAL OR LEGAL YOU WILL GET IN TROUBLE! IT IS NOT RACISM IDIOTS GET IT THROUGH YOUR HEADS IT IS FOR GERMANS RUSSIANS KOREANS MEXICANS ETC. NOT JUST MEXICANS! GET OVER YOUR SELFS AND STOP GETTIN MAD ITS AMERICA ITS THE LAW YOU DONT LIKE IT GO HOME! GET OVER IT ALREADY ITS HAPPENING GO ARIZONA EVERY STATE SHOULD DO WHAT THEY ARE DOING

Ranting that the Arizona law is unconstitutional?
It mirrors federal law. Is that unconstitutional?
It is unconstitutional for a non-federal government to pass any law limiting commerce between states, so the El Paso legislators have passed unconstitutional legislation. Talk about third world thinking...

I think I will be buying everything I can get from Arizona now and boycott El Paso for being such retards. I also say why don't you idiots that are boycotting AZ, go down to the Welfare, food stamp, School districts, public housing and boycott there. You idiots kill me with the they come to America for a better life, BS, they come to get free crap, nothing more. Maria having a baby in America and getting that poor childs social security number is like winning the lottery. GO home, it's time

Me to!

This boycott is just ridiculous. Why can we just let Arizona do what they want to do, and we stay out of it. The people which are making the most noise cannot even speak English, and this is the only tip for the police to check on for legality in this country, So El Paso Councilmen stay out of it, and mind your constituents wellbeing by supporting this law. I say "BRAVO" to Arizona.

I lived in Az.off and on since 1967.In the 70's we saw many illegals as we were teens.I'm a white Army Vet,disabled and a Minister.I've been MADE several times by cops to show my ID & once by Border Patrol asking me where I was born?Why are all these mexicans raising their voices against us if they've nothing to hide?Our immigration customs enfercement has been fired at from mexico and a deputy was just ambushed and shot.Stop mexican invasion.AK-47's are used against USA, it's a war down here.

There are millions of Americans that are supporting this law... Nobody but the Nazis ever asked anybody for their papers for no reason," "If You are Walking down the street, a cop can come up to you and say 'May I see your papers? because you look suspicious? - I think they should be required to ask that question in German if the law sticks around," Neo- Nazis americans Stop trying to blame the immigrants for you being broke...

I know where your head is, it's so far up there your eyes are turning brown.

Make those 10-12 million people disappear and you'll really sink your economy. Educate yourselves before making comments you don't have the possibility of seeing in reality. Because you're not going to pick that produce, clean those hotels, mow those lawns, change those babies, and basically wipe the arse end of the American economy. When your ready to do that I'll see you on the "hiring corner" and those illegals won't be able to compete.

Its so true. Because EVERYONE knows that no one has ever mowed a yard or cleaned a house, changed a baby or worked for minimum wage - wait... oh yeah... I DID! Yes, as amazing as this may be, I have mowed lawns for money ($5.00 per yard), was a nanny for 2 years at $3.00 per hour and cleaned houses for $20 bucks a house - and I'm WHITE! Amazing, isn't it? And golly gee, I seem to remember my mother and grandmothers doing the same thing. All BY THEMSELVES!!!

Well lets try it and see.

I second that.

This is not a matter of Americans vs Illegal immigrants... this is about Human rights... most world leaders such as President Obama and the Pope have condemn this law. Most of you Neo-Nazi people dont know but illegal immigrants pay for taxes too and most of them dont even get social security benefits... Stop trying to blame the immigrants for you being broke... This is pure good against evil. Let a mom trying to feed her hungry son get arrested for trying to get a job. But there is a god =)

This is not a matter of Americans vs Illegal immigrants .. please people stop being so damn ignorant... this is about Human rights... every religion leader has condemn this law, and world leaders such as President Obama and the Pope. As most of you ingornant Neo-Nazi Red Skin people dont know but illegal immigrants pay for taxes too and most of them dont even get social security benefits... Stop trying to blame the immigrants for you being broke... This is good agains evil...

El Paso should be happy now that Arizona passed the anti-illegal immigration law. All the illegals will be heading down to El Paso to take advantage of your deep coffers and free medical and housing and live for free. You are such a generous people. Please welcome them with open arms. And when they start kidnapping your children for ransom, just remember they have rights too.

ok...so the ones that voted to boycott arizona, i expect to see them working on Cesar Chavez day! because that would be very hypocritical of them to vote to boycott arizona's law and patronize a man that was for the same thing arizona is for, illegal immigration.....haha! get to work county!!

The commissioners are not too bright. The people that vote them in, are against a boycott and for the Arizona law...which is an honest attemt to protect the citizens from ILLEGAL'S many of which are drug dealers and actual criminals. And are they all Hispanic???? Gone are the day when simple workers come to work and go home....Now is the time that they come, get on our 'free' programs...only free to those that don't pay taxes. What is wrong with the elected leaders of ElPaso...

Stupid. Attempting to place "sanctions" against Arizona for upholding Federal Law? This will only hurt the people of El Paso. Arizona will not suffer under El Paso's "sanctions", they have commerce with plenty of other states and cities and they surely do not need your business.

How about using all of this energy to improve our county, not on the goings-on of things 2 states away. We pay your salaries, we elected you to work for us, now JUST DO IT. Frankly, I wonder if you will also boycott others who go after law breakers. Like I said, DO YOUR JOB, leave them to do theirs. If I wanted your OPINION, on something that does not involve YOUR JOB, I would add it to the job description. Take on tasks pertainent to YOUR JOB.

It is shocking that county commissioners who are elected to lead and be, first and foremost, law-abiding citizens would condone breaking the law! Kudos to Anthony Cobos and Daniel Haggarty for voting as U.S. citizens and for standing up for America while their anarchistic colleagues vote as Mexican citizens.

We just can't get rid of these type of polititions. Liberals are a dime a dozen in this town. The citizens with there hands held out just keep on electing them.

I am sure that the Arizona law was passed in part due to financial burden. I am also tired of seeing my property taxes increase incrementally. Instead of the Arizona way, I propose that anyone who uses a service supported by tax payer monies (schools, non-emergency health care, public housing, WIC, prenatal care, etc.)be required to produce proof of citizenship or legal resident status. For example, to enroll a student in EPISD only a utility bill is required! Think of the savings!

I am not anti-immigrant or anti-immigration. I hope the citizens of Arizona who will be affected by the boycott will in turn sue our city for being anti-Arizona to American citizens. Reminds me of WWII when we isolated Japenese and Germans into camps because America was at war with these two nations. Shame on our council members and I hope Arizona citizens affected by our boycott sue our city!!! I have friends and family who have no control of thier government as we do with idiots and bias govt.

I BACK ARIZONA 100%!!!!! Screw the crooked politics of El Paso, we all know they have their own agenda. Illegal is illegal, period!

those who voted against the arizona bill and want to boycott arizona businesses are totally lame! we should impeach these so called city government clowns. why don't they listen to all the cities taxpayers who clearly want all illegal immigrant out! why are they condoning these law breakers to leach more from the law abiding citizens! you all clearly embaressed they city. why are you all claiming racial profiling when there is none! it is only enforcing what the law is, and has been!

Simply put "COMPLETE IDIOTS!" My tax dollars are going to this? This gives the saying "Politicians and Diapers Need to be Changed for the Same Reason" a new meaning.

the comment that this country was founded by imagrants. Yes But that was over 200 years ago. Look at the facts more money is spent on illegals for every thing food, school, transportation, houseing. come on we have so many American Citizens lossing their homes and can not get any help from the government and yet Illegals pay no taxes and get all the benifits. I under stantd wanting a better life for your family but do it the right way.
STOP GIVING ALL MY HARD EARNED MONEY TO ILLEGALS

Yes, let's put that money into helping legal American learn to spell. With that in mind, aperez, you can place blame on illegal immigrants for your grammatical shortcomings.

Are the cops in Arizona going to randomly stop people on the streets and ask them for their papers? No. A person has to come into contact with the law before they can be asked to prove their citizenship. So, don't break the law ( besides breaking the law by being here illegally) and you won't be asked for your papers. I hope more states follow suit and force our federal government to do something about this illegal immigration problem.

Listen all of you who think just because you live here legally, you are much better than illegal Mexicans. All Illegal workers want to do is work!!!! They are here becuase their own country has failed them and it bejust a matter of time that can become Legal Americans.. They are not criminals and they usually take the worst of jobs out there. It surprises me how evil people would rather throw hard working illegals in jail than to offer them a hot meal and a glass of water. But there is a god =)

As a son and a grandson of LEGAL immigrants, I can't understand the concept that some people don't understand: ILLEGAL immigration is AGAINST THE LAW! I understand that people want to come here from other countries. But do it legally! My mom and grandma and grandpa came here LEGALLY and proudly so. They work hard and rightly pay taxes like myself and every other American. Why is it so hard to understand that illegal immigration is against the law?

My problem with your comments are many. First and formost, they come here ILLEGALLY, and DO NOT WANT TO BE AMERICANS. They bring their language, their culture, and their lack of respect for our laws. I think it should be criminal to pledge allegiance to any flag but the US FLAG while on US SOIL. Their culture is to break the law, demand things for free, and demand to be taught in spanish. Americans speak English. Americans honor only one flag. Americans pay taxes. Americans are LEGAL.

Whats your address. I'll send some illegals down your way and you can give them the glass of water you offered.

For all of you who like this law so much, why dont you go live to Arizona. Arizona was part of Mexico and its full of Mexican American who now will now be discriminated even if they just go out to buy groceries. For working illegal immigrants will be even worse HEY YOU WHO SUPPORT THIS !! YOUR ANCESTORS WERE NOT LEGAL IMMIGRANTS !! THIS COUNTRY IS MADE OF IMMIGRANTS. ITS SO SAD! ARIZONA = NAZI AMERICAN SOCIALISM.

LIBERALISM- Death of FREEDOM.

Illegal Immigrants come to U. S. for a better life because their own country does not provide it. The Mexican government has restrictive immigration laws but yet they expect U. S. to be lient with ours. The illegal immigrants would not be crossing if they were not being hired for cheap labor and if their own government would take care of them. Another note, drug smuggling would stop, if americans would stop purchasing it. Its a two way street.

It is absolutely insane to boycott AZ for its recent law that is protecting their citizens. AZ was pushed into a corner since our federal government has done nothing to protect our borders. I am a Mexican-American and feel the Az law does not discriminate against latinos nor is it racial profiling. Illegal is Illegal read my lips. All of this is political! all about money. When the violence, kidnapping, killing in Juarez spills over to El Paso, I wonder who will protect us.

These are the same "officials" that drive away all the "entertainment" by increasing taxes and "rent" and anything else they can inflate to satisfy their - i mean the cities economy. Ok- venting done. Now will the real local government officials with Informed & Sound Decisions for our city , citizens and economy in mind Please Come Back To Work????

You can vote these people out of office, but the next bunch will be the same. The faces change but the idaes and beliefs are the same. Spend,spend, spend, tax, tax, tax.

This whole business is STUPID! When people from other countries come here they need to show papers , if a law enforcement officer asks for your ID or paperwork - it doesnt matter what race , creed or color. IT'S THE LAW! So why should our neighbors get special treatment. And this whole business of our local government "officials" throwing there "weight" around is just as STUPID! Seems like they are being "influenced" by there wallet and not there brain-Go Figure! Hey "ELECTED" officials-WAKE UP!

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