But he'll also have another message.

"We'll be telling people along the route not to come to Arizona while this regime is still in," he said. "If they want to have a convention or to visit somewhere, Arizona is not the place, because it's dangerous. [Under these new laws], anyone who comes here can potentially go to jail."

That's not much of an exaggeration; the new laws will no doubt target those who are the shade of cinnamon. Though the statutes could apply to them, too, tourists from Europe and Canada need not fear.

Asked if a successful boycott would simply hurt those he wishes to protect, Reza admitted that, in the short term, it could accelerate the process of Arizona's decay.

"Right now, the people feeling the pain are the lower and lower-middle classes," he said. "Not the people like Pearce. Otherwise they would stop this nonsense they're doing.

"If they're going to criminalize [immigrants], it's time for politicians like Pearce to actually feel the pain that everyone else is feeling."

Whistle if you walk past this particular graveyard. What Reza's suggesting would be hard to pull off, but so was getting Wells Fargo to ask Sheriff Joe to vacate his two floors in the tony downtown Phoenix office tower that bears the bank's name.

Similar economic actions worked in the past — such as the boycott in favor of a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in Arizona and the 1980s movement to have universities divest from South Africa.

This state is bursting with hatred toward Mexicans, and that hate comes at a colossal price. How willing are you to pay it in this down economy?

TRIBAL WATER

Because my recent cover story "Blood's Thicker Than Water" dealt, in part, with activist Mike Wilson's efforts to leave water on the Tohono O'odham Nation for migrants crossing that Connecticut-size patch of desert, I attempted mightily to ask some questions of nation Chairman Ned Norris Jr. concerning the humanitarian crisis there.

I even buttonholed Norris at a big rodeo in Sells, the nation's capital. He told me, "I'm not going to answer your questions here," then referred me to his lieutenant, who in turn referred me to a PR firm that works for the nation, Strategic Issues Management Group.

Matt Smith, a rep for Strategic Issues got back to me with a statement from the chairman, which you can read in its entirety on my Feathered Bastard blog on New Times' Web site. Unfortunately, I got it as it my story was going to press, so I was unable to include it in the feature.

The statement vaguely addresses questions concerning Wilson, himself a tribal member, being forbidden to put out water on Tohono O'odham land by one of the tribe's districts, though Wilson continues to do so anyway. The tribe has a federal system of government, made up of 11 districts.

"The Tohono O'odham Nation's executive office," reads the statement, "is committed to upholding the Constitution and respecting the rights of each district. As such, it does not and will not encroach upon [a] District's decision to prohibit water stations within its boundaries. This is a local issue for the local government. It is also a policy that has been in place for several years and one that is known by Nation members."

Wilson, who will be at Scottsdale's Mustang Library at noon on March 4 for a Q&A session after a screening of the acclaimed border documentary Crossing Arizona, took issue with Chairman Norris' release, calling the statement an abrogation of the nation's moral responsibility to act.

"The nation has refused to acknowledge, even in its vocabulary, that human beings are dying on tribal lands," said Wilson of Norris' statement, which refers to "illegal immigration" and to "migrants" crossing but not to deaths in the desert. "It has repeatedly refused to accept any kind of moral responsibility for migrants dying."

On the issue of the districts acting independently, Wilson said:

"We've heard this argument before . . . It's a legal fig leaf to hide behind that notion that it's up to the districts to determine their own policies. That's true to an extent, but the nation should not resort to legalism. This is a human rights issue."

In his press release, Norris also talks of the nation's agreeing to the placement of "eight highly visible beacon towers" on its land by the U.S. Border Patrol, which a migrant could use to signal for help. That's assuming the migrant were ready to turn himself over to the loathed la migra.

Wilson insisted the beacons are "not sufficient to prevent migrant deaths," and asserted that they are not often used.

"I find it very hypocritical," replied Wilson, "for the Tohono O'odham Nation to say that tribal members cannot provide humanitarian aid, but that the Border Patrol can provide humanitarian aid in the form of these rescue beacons, because these beacons are there to prevent migrants from dying in the desert.

"I think that also clearly demonstrates that the Tohono O'odham Nation has surrendered its will to the Border Patrol."

U.S. border policy has closed off urban areas of migration, creating a "funnel effect" that channels migrants into remote, desolate terrain, and the Tohono O'odham Nation has borne the brunt of the ill effects of this. The tribe estimates that it costs its police force $3 million annually to deal with various border-related problems, such as drug-running, trash, and dead bodies.

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Karen
Karen

Arizona will become just like Mississippi. Nobody with any money or education will move there, or headquarter a business there.

NOMOREILLEGALS
NOMOREILLEGALS

ARE you kidding me???????....get rid of the illegals....these people are draining the community....draining the hospitals......GET A CLUE....the illegals leach off our society more than they contribute....Im sooo SICK and TIRED of having to get a translator at work everytime a person comes in speaking spanish....LEARN ENGLISH....Our country babies and folds backwards for these people....Ive been to mexico many times...I have never been treated right in mexico NOR have I ever had someone say Oh sorry sir you only speak english let me go get a translator...you know why???cause they dont care....I hope Arpaio continues his raids....SEND EM BACK...and Mexican natives with residency or legal citizenship..you dont like it??? TAKE A HIKE

John Connor
John Connor

At least I'm not afraid to use my real name, Former Republican. You sound like a former RINO to me. Didn'y bother to challenge one of my points. Started calling names instead. Typical for a liberal.

Former Republican
Former Republican

John, I think you meant to sign "Bull Connor". People like you have ruined Arizona and it's future.

John Connor
John Connor

Arizona would be better off without the Messcans. Less crime. Less blight. No more roach coaches selling tacos on the street. People speaking English for a change. Fewer cop killings. So what if the economy is smaller? If the tradeoff is social harmony, I'd take it. So if they want to boycott us, go right ahead. It'll make a better day for all of us.

Montrose Mike
Montrose Mike

Ok, So Pearce is trying to get these laws passed where ANY suspicious person can be interviewed by LE, and ANY citizen can throw a tantrum and file a law suite against any state agency NOT checking on these suspicious persons right?

Well then my friends in the Valley of the SUN, when these laws go into effect head out of the valley and head up north to the grand canyon, to the London bridge, to sunset crater, to Montazuma's castle go to EVERY tourist attraction that Arizona has that is OUTSIDE of Maricopia county and demand that the local LE investigate EVERY foreign looking and sounding individual tourist on EVERY tour BUS that trys to enter any one of the states tourist attractions.

DO that to the tour buses too before the enter the drive ways to the Indian casinos.

USE this LAW against the nativists.

INSIST that the LAW be applied equally to EVERY FOREIGN looking person.If you are Hispanic, How do you know that that white tourist IS actually from Wisconsin and not from Canada and is here illegally.If you are white how do you know that that buss load of Asians with the cameras are ALL here legally.

Make such a stink that ALL LE comply with EVERY ASPECT of the LAW at EVERY tourist attraction. Word will get out soon enough that FOREIGNERS are not welcomed in NAZIzona and soon enough the financial matters will come to a head.

Also, how many of the old timers in Sun City sound like they might just be from somewhere else. Make the LE in there start investigating those people, how many of them came here legally during the second world war any way?I think the Sheriffs office should specifically targeted to investigate Sun City.

Use Pearces LAW to MESS with EVERY ONE

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

Pinkus Fingerinyourbutt, you can't spell and your grammar is as horrible as your logic. Why can't any of the Arpaio supporters who post on here use correct English?

BTW, illegal aliens can't get food stamps or any other government benefits, you idiot. So the Mexicans you (allegedly) saw at Food City were U.S. Citizens just like you and me. Which tells me your problem isn't with illegal immigrants, it's with all brown people.

Roger Morris
Roger Morris

Oh where oh where is Eric Holder at, Oh where oh where is he at! They found the emails! It's like FISA all over again! No Protection! No Immunity! It's like QWEST vs AT&T/Verizon Wireless! It's like "portal domination" Oh where oh where is the United States Attorney General, oh where oh where is he at? We got "raids." We got mexican american "forced attestations" of citizenship at gunpoint! No papers! No Birth Certificate! No Senator Grassley "REAL ID." Detainment for you! Rendention for you! Encarceration for you! If you WINK, NOD outside local store, LOWES or HOME DEPOT! Felony for you! Arrest for you! Russell's got midnight "JIM CROW" legislation! YOU LIE! YOU LIE! Brown skin, brown eye; Obama, Holder, YOU LIE, brown skin, brown eye "single site operations." Late night SWAT MCSO Arpaio Strausse "Bltzkrieg" style round up's! Stop! Stop! Stop! You under the brown skin, brown eye GOP Axis of Evil arrest! We're all just illegal! We're all being held hostage economically for Russell Pearce and his GOP Enemies of Humanity become the new REAL COYOTE, Shadow wolves in the night! No budget for you! Just cuts! Just layoffs until the next "Special GOP brown skin, brown eye Ethnic Cleansing" bill to come to the floor of the House or Senate! Oh where, Oh where is Eric Holder at! Oh where, Oh where is he at?

Now that all those lost emails have been found! We want "TESTIFIES" and MCSO Arpaio Strausse shut down! It's like FISA! It's Joe's Law! It's Pearce Law! Please indict! Please indict!

uraliar
uraliar

Pinkus, you're a liar. You didn't go down to Food City. You're just spreading a lie akin to Reagan's "welfare queens." There are a shitload more Anglos on public assistance than Hispanics. In fact, I'm sure I saw your momma down at DES the other day.

Your momma later went out and bought a buttload of groceries, and paid a buittload of sales tax in the bargain. Good thing your momma's a hefty eater. Hungry hungry hippo...

uraliar
uraliar

Pinkus, you're a liar. You didn't go down to Food City. You're just spreading a lie akin to Reagan's "welfare queens." There are a shitload more Anglos on public assistance than Hispanics. In fact, I'm sure I saw your momma down at DES the other day.

Your momma later went out and bought a buttload of groceries, and paid a buittload of sales tax in the bargain. Good thing your momma's a hefty eater. Hungry hungry hippo...

pinkus fingerhut
pinkus fingerhut

i went down to food city and you what your right ,i noticed loads of hispanics shopping and filling up there carts with food, i also noticed that most of the shoppers had 3 or more children with them. wow , i stood by one of the cahsiers and i also noticed that most of the purchases were made by the food stamp credit card. how do you explain away that you moron ?. seems to me all we get is no commerce.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

Dennis, Your comment paints the truth and the reality. Those who have sucked us dry are those who live off us taxpayers - the elected officials. Using our money to destroy our rights.

Crow
Crow

New Mexico is looking better all the time. This state sucks.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

We greatly appreciate all that Reza is doing which is rights for all. when one is violated, all are violated. Thank you, Sal Reza, for not giving up or giving in. You are making a difference. Wells Fargo is NO place for a sheriff's suite of offices and you finally made them take note. Will be there on moving day. Can't wait. There will be dancing in the streets of downtown Phoenix.

Dennis Gilman
Dennis Gilman

In 2007 Pearce proudly proclaimed we would, in fact, shrink our economy with the employer sanctions bill. He estimated it at around 7%. It's cost much more.

In 1999 while Pearce was director of Transportation, he was caught and fired for his involvement and coverup of a fraudulent ID scheme. Arpaio was Sheriff (first elected in 1998) and ignored the offense as DMV didn't pursue charges although they easily could have. Lets face it-we've all seen Arpaio go after much smaller offenses for political reasons. Now he is the very Sheriff jailing and deporting good people like those arrested for working with fake ID's so they can feed their families by washing your cars and dishes.

Pearce was caught putting a drunk driver back on the road with his fake ID scam. Pearce's guilt is not even in question! This should've been a jailable offense.

Nine year old Katherine Figaro's father went to jail and was deported for working at the same car wash for 10 years because he used a fake ID. He contributed to our Social security system and paid state and federal taxes while taking nothing he didn't work for.

Pearce and Arpaio have spent their entire lives being paid by taxpayers. Katherine's father helped pay Pearce and Arpaio's salary.

9 year old Katherine actually speaks english better then Pearce. She's also a hell of a lot more honest and doesn't take credit for homework, books or drawings she didn't create on her own. She wrote her own letters to her father when he was in jail awaiting deportation and didn't need a ghost writer.

Pearce now wants every law officer to spend there days chasing immigrants while the constitution clearly defines immigration as a federal issue. He expects school teachers, social workers, doctors and family members to report the undocumented. He isn't concerned that children, families or our economy will suffer. The more broke we are the more he will destroy what we have left of a working government by cutting all school programs, human health services, youth programs.

He has cut services for battered women yet has an easily documented beating of beating his wives. Katherine has never seen her father hit her mother because he is a respectful man in control of his emotions. Pearce's boy grew up to work for Sheriff Arpaio. Go figure.

Trust me-the things I'm saying about Pearce would make me clearly liable of slander if they weren't 100% true. Even the worst of us do not deserve to be called a women beating, fake ID scamming racist unless there is unquestionable proof. With Pearce-the proof is all there. It's not just an opinion. So now what choices are really left? Sal Reza is considering drastic measures. Drastic times call for drastic measures.

Concerned taxpayer
Concerned taxpayer

Chad, Thanks for weighing with good information. The leaders lack vision. They are more concerned with their personal agendas to think beyond that.

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

The Wall Street Journal wrote a prescient Editorial in December 2007, on the eve of the implementation of the Employer Sanctions Law. The journal, quoting the U of A study, stated "never have we seen a state make a conscious decision to SHRINK its' economy", and predicted dire economic consequences for Arizona. Well, now the chickens have come home to roost and we are all getting a lesson in unintended consequences.

Of course it doesn't matter to Russell Pearce, John Kavanagh, and Joe Arpaio if the economy sucks. All three have never worked a day in the private sector and are guaranteed their government checks regardless of tax revenue.

Arizona Bad for Business, Bad
Arizona Bad for Business, Bad

Once again, Stephen, you're ahead of the pack. You look at the big picture and you hit this one out of the ball park. When one man, Senator Russell Pearce can introduce bills that defy logic and the Constitutional Rights of people, it IS high-time to boycott the state. Not only for growing public awareness so others don't get their lives shredded in Arizona but to show Arizona where it hurts them -- in the pocketbook. The Neanderthals like Pearce, Arpaio, Hendershott, Andrew Thomas, Rick Romley and their enablers have ruined Arizona.

 
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