US outrage over 'Nazi' law for migrants in Arizona
CALLS to boycott Arizona's businesses and tourism industry spread across the United States yesterday, after the passage of an immigration law that some politicians have condemned as reminiscent of the early days of Nazi Germany.
The law, described by President Obama as un-American, requires Arizona police to arrest anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally. Critics say the move will lead to discrimination and racial profiling.
The shock waves from the legislation, signed into law this week by the Republican Governor Jan Brewer, have spread far beyond Arizona, with the Mexican government issuing a warning for its citizens planning to travel to Arizona and President Felipe Calderon saying that he was "angered and saddened" by the move.
Eric Holder, the US Attorney General, said the Justice Department might sue the state to get the law overturned.
John Harris, head of the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police, opposed the law. Gavin Newsom, the Mayor of San Francisco, in neighbouring California, issued an immediate ban on city employees travelling to Arizona on official business while seven of the 15 members of the Los Angeles city council signed a proposal for a boycott, calling for the city to "refrain from conducting business" or participating in conventions in Arizona.
The law is backed by 70pc of voters in Arizona. (© The Times, London)