What People are Saying

What People Are Saying About SB 1070 and Copycat Legislation

Throughout the country, sports figures, elected officials, business leaders, law enforcement officials, celebrities, and musical artists have been speaking out in opposition to the misguided approach of SB 1070 and similar copycat bills.

Business Leaders
January 11, 2011Texas Association of Business Executive Director Bill Hammond: “We know that from the Arizona example, it will be bad for Texas, bad for employers, bad for employees…The convention business in Arizona, the pipeline has dried up, investment has been decreased.”

November 18, 2010Competitive Enterprise Institute policy analyst Alex Nowrasteh: “Does Texas want to drive away entrepreneurs in a rough economy?  If it copies Arizona, that is exactly what will happen…HB 17 [Texas’ Arizona copycat bill] will harm businesses and blot Texas’ otherwise wise policy choices.  It would cast a wide net that will punish undocumented immigrants, legal immigrants and hardworking American entrepreneurs trying to survive in precarious economic times.”

September 30, 2010News Corporation Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch: “As an immigrant, I chose to live in America, because it’s one of the freest and most vibrant nations in the world.  And as an immigrant, I feel an obligation to speak up for immigration that will keep America the most economically robust, creative and freedom-loving nation in the world.  America’s future prosperity and security depends on getting our immigration policy right and doing it quickly.”

Elected and Appointed Officials

December 5, 2010Former Florida Republican Governor Jeb Bush:  “It’s the wrong approach.  The net result is [that] not much has been done.”

October 28, 2010Department of Homeland Security Secretary and former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano: “We cannot have 50 different immigration enforcement teams across the country.”

July 14, 2010Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry: “I fully recognize and support a state’s right and obligation to protect its citizens, but I have concerns with portions of the law passed in Arizona and believe it would not be the right direction for Texas.”

May 28, 2010Florida Republican Congressman Connie Mack: “The latest issue freedom-loving conservatives should be concerned about is the Arizona immigration law.  This law clearly challenges citizens’ freedoms, and it does so by putting some Americans at risk of losing their freedoms while others stand little or no chance of being affected.”

May 11, 2010California Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger: “I was also going to give a graduation speech in Arizona this weekend.  But with my accent, I was afraid they would try to deport me.”  And on April 29: “That [the new Arizona law] is a mess.  I would never do that in California.  No way.”

April 28, 2010Former George W. Bush political strategist Karl Rove: “I think there is going to be some constitutional problems with the bill.  I wished they hadn’t passed it, in a way.”

April 28, 2010New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg: “A new Arizona law requiring local police officers to stop anyone they might reasonably suspect of being here illegally may produce unintended consequences that could hurt not only Arizona, but all of America.  The law is so vaguely written that it may force officers to stop people who look or dress differently—or who speak a foreign language, or English with an accent.”

April 27, 2010Former Florida Republican Governor Jeb Bush: “I think it creates unintended consequences.  It’s difficult for me to imagine how you’re going to enforce this law.  It places a significant burden on local law enforcement and you have civil liberties issues that are significant as well.”

April 24, 2010Phoenix Democratic Mayor Phil Gordon: “I will direct the city manager and city attorney to file a lawsuit against the state to enjoin the law from going into effect and have it declared unconstitutional.”

April 23, 2010Florida Republican Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart: “It alters American tradition and long-standing policy making immigration law enforcement a federal matter.  And it strikes fear in the hearts of many American citizens and legal residents.”

Law Enforcement

June 25, 2010Phoenix Police Chief Jack Harris: “I believe SB1070 will have a negative effect on our community policing efforts.  I am very concerned that victims and witnesses will be afraid to call police for fear of deportation…The new SB1070 may also adversely impact the department’s ability to fulfill its investigative priorities because its implementation will require the department to reassign officers from critical areas.”

June 25, 2010Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villasenor: “The impact of illegal immigration on Arizona’s well-being cannot be denied.  But to require local police to act as immigration agents when a lack of local resources already makes enforcing criminal laws and ordinances a challenging proposition, is not realistic.”

April 28, 2010Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik: “If I tell my people to go out and look for A, B, and C, they’re going to do it.  They’ll find some flimsy excuse like a tail light that’s not working as a basis for a stop, which is a bunch of baloney.”

From Inside Baseball

August 12, 2010Scott Miller, CBS Sports Columnist: “There very well may be some seriously uncomfortable moments to come regarding the 2011 All-Star Game.”

July 12, 2010Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals First Baseman: “I’m opposed to it [SB 1070].  How are you going to tell me that, me being Hispanic, if you stop me and I don’t have my ID, you’re going to arrest me?  That can’t be.”

May 12, 2010Michael Young, Texas Rangers Third Baseman: “You can quote me.  It’s a ridiculous law.  And it’s an embarrassment for American citizens.”

May 2, 2010Adrian Gonzalez, San Diego Padres First Baseman: “If they leave it up to the players and the law is still there, I’ll probably not play in the All-Star Game.  Because it’s a discriminating law.  I know it can’t be done, but they should take spring training out of (Arizona) if it’s possible.”

May 2, 2010Rod Barajas, New York Mets Catcher: “What if you go to Arizona and the starting pitcher that day gets asked for his papers and he doesn’t have them?  What happens then?  I don’t like it, and I think pretty much all of Major League Baseball feels the same way.”

April 30, 2010Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA): “The recent passage by Arizona of a new immigration law could have a negative impact on hundreds of Major League players…All of these players, as well as their families, could be adversely affected, even though their presence in the United States is legal.  The Major League Baseball Players Association opposes this law as written.”

April 30, 2010Ozzie Guillen, Chicago White Sox General Manager: “I wouldn’t do it [go to the All-Star Game].  As a Latin American, it’s natural that I have to support our own.’”

May 2, 2010Mike Lupica, Daily News Sports Columnist: “The sport [of baseball] has a chance to honor Jackie Robinson in a different way, in making a stand against Arizona’s new immigration law.”  And on April 29: “Major League Baseball ought to announce that a sport in which 30% of the players are Hispanic will not hold the 2011 All-Star Game at Chase Field in Phoenix.”

April 29, 2010Robert McCartney, Washington Post Sports Columnist: “Until [immigration] reform arrives, we need to show Arizona how much its law offends us.”

April 28, 2010Mike Freeman, CBS Sports writer: “MLB All-Star Game should emigrate from Arizona because of immigration.”


August 7, 2010Eva Longoria Parker, Jessica Alba, and Rosario Dawson spoke out against SB 1070 in a new public service announcement.  Longoria Parker: “I haven’t made it a secret that I’m strongly opposed to the Arizona law and I’ve been pretty vocal about it.  It’s unfortunate that this immigration issue has been on the national agenda for the past three administrations.”

May 29, 2010Shakira visited Phoenix and blasted Arizona’s new law: “I’m not an expert on the [U.S.] Constitution.  But I know that the Constitution exists for a reason.  It exists to protect human beings.  To protect the rights of people living in a nation, with or without documents.”

May 25, 2010—A coalition of performers joined together to form The Sound Strike, artists speaking out against SB 1070 and, in many cases, boycotting the state of Arizona.  Sound Strike founder Zach de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine: “Some of us grew up dealing with racial profiling, but this law (SB 1070) takes it to a whole new low.  If other states follow the direction of the Arizona government, we could be headed towards a pre-civil rights era reality.”

Civil Rights Leaders

July 29, 2010Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity President Herman “Skip” Mason, Jr.: “The injunction is a step in the right direction, and for this we are pleased.  However, so much more work needs to be done.  Arizona’s track record is not a good one.”

May 5, 2010The Reverend Al Sharpton: “There is no way this law could be enforced without profiling people based on whether they are Latino or appear to be Mexican.”

April 30, 2010NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous:  “The NAACP is outraged that in 2010, a sitting Governor would sign a law that empowers local law enforcement to legally use racial profiling to target entire communities.  It is a violation of the respect for human rights that is the moral standard of our nation…”

April 22, 2010National Council of La Raza President and CEO Janet Murguia:  “This bill throws the door wide open to the racial profiling of Arizona’s Latinos, the vast majority of whom are native-born U.S. citizens and legal residents, without doing a single thing to protect the people of Arizona.”

April 22, 2010The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights President and CEO Wade Henderson:  “The passage of SB 1070 is a catastrophe in the making that would institutionalize racial profiling in a misguided attempt to fix our broken immigration system…While immigration policy has often proved a challenge to our country, it should never be used to tarnish the fundamental ideal of equal justice.”

April 22, 2010Anti-Defamation League Civil Rights Director Deborah Lauter:  “We in the Jewish community recall the ugly anti-immigrant backlash against our parents and grandparents.  We do not want to see that history repeated for anyone, and we cannot let the task of fighting it fall on the shoulders of its victims alone.”

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