Losing Business Due to SB 1070 and Copycats
Leading organizations, entertainers, elected officials, and sports associations have also raised their voices to protest SB 1070 by canceling events, performances, conferences, and meetings that were originally scheduled to be held in Arizona. Some estimates calculate the loss in tourism revenue to be as high as $217 million due to the controversy. Other states are starting to take notice of the high costs and large revenue losses associated with this type of legislation.
- January 7, 2011—The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), headquartered in Louisville, announced that if Kentucky passes its Arizona-like bill (SB 6), it will not hold any national meetings or conventions in the state.
- August 27, 2010—The Mexico City chapter of the Mexican Employers Association refused to meet with Arizona officials regarding trade talks in order to voice their opposition to SB 1070.
- July 23, 2010—Maroon 5 will not tour in Arizona because of the state’s anti-immigrant law.
- July 7, 2010—Arizona Governor Jan Brewer canceled the 2010 U.S.-Mexico Border Governors Conference after Mexico’s six border governors announced that they would boycott the September event.
- June 24, 2010—Chandler, Arizona company Kovach Inc., lost a $40 million contract with the Los Angeles International Airport due to the SB 1070 controversy.
- June 7, 2010—Hall and Oates canceled their July 2 post-game concert at the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Chase Field
- June 3, 2010—Los Lobos canceled their June 10 concert as a protest against SB 1070.
- May 31, 2010—Lilith Fair, scheduled for Phoenix, is canceled, in part because the headlining act, the Go-Go’s, did not want to play in protest of SB 1070.
- May 26, 2010—National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. moved its October 2010 Annual Conference and Business Opportunity Fair from Phoenix to Miami Beach; conference planners estimate the attendance at 7,000.
- May 24, 2010—The American Anthropological Association passed a resolution to refuse to have meetings in Arizona until the law is repealed or struck down.
- May 13, 2010—Pitbull canceled his May 31 concert in Phoenix as a protest against SB 1070.
- May 13, 2010—Conjunto Primavera canceled their June 19 concert in Phoenix as a protest against SB 1070.
- May 12, 2010—The Republican National Committee bypassed Phoenix as a location for its 2012 convention, in part because of the negative press surrounding SB 1070.
- May 12, 2010—Club America moved its July 7 exhibition soccer match versus Club de Futbol Pachuca from Phoenix to California.
- May 12, 2010—The Highland Park (Illinois) High School girls varsity basketball team canceled a trip to play in an Arizona high school basketball tournament due to safety concerns associated with the passage of SB 1070.
- May 10, 2010—Cypress Hill canceled their May 21 concert in Tucson as a protest against SB 1070.
- May 7, 2010—The National Autonomous University of Mexico canceled its academic exchange program with the University of Arizona.
- May 7, 2010—The Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi canceled its academic exchange program with the University of Arizona.
- May 5, 2010—The National Urban League suspended consideration of Phoenix’s bid for its 2012 annual conference.
- April 30, 2010—Alpha Phi Alpha, one of the nation’s largest and oldest African American Greek fraternities, moved its July 2010 Annual Conference from Phoenix to Las Vegas.
- April 29, 2010—The World Boxing Council will not schedule Mexican fighters for bouts in Arizona in protest of SB 1070 beginning May 1, 2010.
- April 26, 2010—The Mexican State of Sonora canceled the annual Sonora-Arizona commission meeting, scheduled for June in Phoenix, to protest SB 1070.
- April 23, 2010—The American Immigration Lawyers Association will relocate its 2010 annual conference out of Arizona.
- The Glass Art Society of Seattle will move its 2011 Annual Conference out of Tucson.
- The National Association of Black Accountants will move its 2012 Annual Conference out of Phoenix (new location TBD).