- Rep. Raúl Grijalva (AZ-7): "We are calling on organizations not to schedule conventions or conferences in the state until it reverses this decision. This is a specifically targeted call for action, not a blanket rejection of the state economy. Conventions are a large source of visitors and revenue, and targeting them is the most effective way to make this point before it’s too late. Just as professional athletes refused to recognize Arizona until it recognized Martin Luther King Jr., we are calling on businesses and organizations not to bring their conventions to Arizona until it recognizes civil rights and the meaning of due process."
- San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera: "San Francisco should lead the way in adopting and aggressively pursuing a sweeping boycott of Arizona and Arizona-based businesses until this unjust law is repealed or invalidated. My office is fully committed to work with San Francisco city departments and commissions to identify all applicable contracts, and to pursue termination wherever possible. And my office stands ready to assist in any legal challenges in whatever way it can."
- La Opinión (Los Angeles, CA): "We express our outrage in the face of this abuse of power. We call for a boycott of all goods and services from Arizona and pledge to avoid tourism in the state as well. Let's send a signal of our disgust with an arrogant state government that asserts powers it does not have in order to persecute a minority population."
Some have already moved to direct action:
- About 70 independent truck drivers based in California and Arizona have agreed to stop moving loads into or out of Arizona in protest of the new law. About 40 percent of the Mexican-grown produce that's consumed in North America comes through Nogales and a revolt among independent truckers would create backlogs in moving that produce out of Nogales warehouses.
- The Board of Governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), moments after Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law the harshest anti-immigration bill passed in the U.S. in more than a decade, instructed its Executive Committee to move the Association’s fall 2010 conference, previously scheduled for Arizona, to another state. “We cannot in good conscience spend association dollars in a state that dehumanizes the people we represent and fight for. What Governor Brewer has done by signing this bill into law is to validate all of the irrational fears by people who are not willing to acknowledge the economic and cultural benefits of immigration to our country.”
- Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson: "I will be asking the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to study the “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act” that was signed into law last Friday by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer. It is my hope that the Conference would consider, when appropriate, filing a “friend of the court” brief in connection with suits that may be filed to challenge the constitutionality of the Act."
- Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon on Friday said that the city may file a lawsuit to halt the toughest law in the nation targeting illegal immigration. The Democratic mayor said he has requested the City Council on Tuesday to consider suing the state on grounds the new immigration law is "unconstitutional" and "unenforceable."