State Sen. Ellen Corbett and Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi are 2 of 44 California lawmakers to co-author a resolution this past week urging the state, businesses and tourists to boycott Arizona because of its controversial immigration law due to become law at the end of July. If passed, California would be the first state in the nation to rebuke Arizona action.
The resolution put forth by Los Angeles state Sen. Gil Cedillo reads, “The Arizona law undermines fundamental civil rights and civil liberties, and poses a special threat to people of color who live in and travel through Arizona.” SCR 113 also recognizes the nation’s immigration law need reform, but not one based on fear. “We need humane and workable solutions, not an irrational and irresponsible response, to our broken immigration system.”
Cedillo, who some conservative critics call “One-Bill Gil,” is known for numerous unsuccessful attempts at passing a bill allowing illegal immigrants to obtain a driver’s license in the state. Besides Corbett and Hayashi, other East Bay legislators have signed on to the resolution including, assembly members Sandre Swanson (D-Alameda), Alberto Torrico (D-Fremont) and Sen. Loni Hancock (D-Oakland).
Like most politics in California, a liberal view permeates on the coast primarily in and around San Francisco and Los Angeles. Governing bodies in those cities and Oakland have already passed specific resolutions against the immigration law, but support has stalled in the state’s more conservative Central counties.
Some Republicans in more red areas of the state are not supporting Cedillo’s resolution. State Sen. Jeff Denham (R-Atwater) fully supports the law and told the Modesto Bee, “A ‘You boycott me, I’ll boycott you’ scenario is a risk California cannot afford to take,” Denham said. “Arizona has every right to protect its citizens, and I fully support its immigration law.” Denham did not elaborate on what Arizona may boycott from California, but it surely will not include advice on balancing budgets.