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It condemns the Arizona immigration law by calling for the county to end business with that state until the law is repealed...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