Phoenix in ‘Economic Crisis’ With $90 Million at Risk Due to Boycotts
May 11, 2010
(ChattahBox)—The economic repercussions from Arizona’s draconian anti-immigration law continue to mount, as cancellations pour in to hotels and convention centers. Critics of the law that permits racial profiling of brown-skinned residents, are calling for boycotts of the desert state, with growing pressure on Major League Baseball to penalize Phoenix, by taking away the 2011 All-Stare Game. Now, Phoenix officials warn the city is facing an economic crisis, projecting a loss of at least $90 million.
Phoenix is maintaining a “watch list” of at risk events. Four of the events have already been canceled. Deputy city manager David Krietor did not attempt to minimize the problem. “We have an image and public-relations problem of what might be unprecedented proportions,” he said.
According to the Arizona Republic, cancellations are increasing. And for those events that have remained in Phoenix, organizers report a decrease in attendance:
“Recent cancellations include the oldest African-American Greek-lettered fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., which was supposed to hold a July meeting at the Sheraton. The fraternity’s annual convention was expected to draw about 5,000 attendees and as many as 10,000 visitors, a fraternity spokesman said. Organizers will now hold that event in Las Vegas. Other cancellations, all for 2012, are the National Association of Black Accountants, the International Communications Association and the National Urban League.”
Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, said “It’s a near economic crisis.”
That’s to be expected when your state passes a “show me your papers” law making it a crime to be in the state without residency papers, which allows police to stop people based on the reasonable suspicion they might be illegal immigrants.