"There is a need for uniformity in this area," Herrera told me. Now that's choice, considering Ess Eff's "sanctuary city" policy. Back in 2007, Mayor Gavin Newsom proudly announced that he would not allow "any of my department heads or anyone associated with this city" to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests of immigrant fugitives.
So one year, city solons proudly flout federal law; another year, they complain that immigration law is sacrosanct as a federal bailiwick, so how dare Arizonans trespass? So much for uniformity.
Herrera pointed to the success of a past boycott that drove Arizona to accept the Martin Luther King Day holiday. He noted that politicians from other cities -- Los Angeles, Oakland -- want to join San Francisco in using their weight to force little Arizona to buckle. Alas, these bullying tactics only serve to divide the country.
It's easy for San Franciscans, from 700 miles away, to sneer at Arizonans. Folks here don't live in an area where cross-border drug violence has led to highway gun battles.
The Arizona Republic editorialized Wednesday that the bill was "ugly and indefensible." The paper also noted, "The feds did nothing while Phoenix became the kidnapping capital of the country. The feds did nothing as rancher Robert Krentz was murdered on his border-area ranch."
Just for good measure, Herrera told me the answer was for Washington to enact "meaningful immigration reform." President Obama said likewise.
Why not just pour gasoline on the entire state? Surely Herrera and Obama know that what they call "reform," many Arizonans see as "amnesty" that would encourage more of the illegal immigration that they are trying to stop. If Washington passes what amounts to an amnesty "reform," then I guarantee: More states will follow Arizona.
This is how America gets torn apart.
The call for a boycott practically yells to America: Hey folks, if you don't like our politics -- anti-ROTC, pro-medical marijuana and same-sex marriage, as Newsom famously said, "whether you like it or not" -- you shouldn't come here.
The folks who call for boycotts -- on the left and the right -- seek to isolate all who disagree. There's no debate, no real diversity and no need to listen. For the boycotters, it's a low-stakes game.
They don't even have the pay for their piety. Witness the proviso in the San Francisco supervisors' resolution that limited the Arizona boycott to areas where "there is no significant additional cost to the city."
There is a significant cost, however. In trying to isolate Arizona, San Francisco risks becoming an island.
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