October 29, 2011
NATIVISTS VS THE ECONOMY:Arizona: A Raging Debate on Immigration: The fight over immigration makes the state a 2012 puzzle. Republicans are divided, but Obama's unenacted reforms have disappointed Latinos (Amanda J. Crawford, 10/27/11, Business Week)
Kevin Sandler compares it to a scene in the 1976 film Network. He wanted to open the window of his Phoenix office and scream: "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!"
Instead, Sandler, chief executive officer of audio-visual design engineering firm ExhibitOne, joined executives of PetSmart, Banner Health, Intel, and dozens of other Arizona employers in signing a letter in March that helped defeat a slate of immigration bills pending in the statehouse. Business leaders said they feared the measures, which included denying state citizenship to the children of illegal migrants, would deepen Arizona's black eye from a 2010 immigration enforcement law that sparked a 16-month national boycott and, according to one study, will cost the state more than $250 million related to lost convention business. "It became crystal clear that unless we did something, the madness was going to continue," says Sandler, 50, who believes his company was pushed out of bidding on a California municipal court project as a result of the controversial 2010 statute. "The business community needed to say, 'Enough.' "
Economic growth and racial hygiene are incompatible.
Posted by Orrin Judd at October 29, 2011 8:44 AM