Brewer: Immigration law won't hurt Ariz. economy

2010-04-26T18:01:00Z Brewer: Immigration law won't hurt Ariz. economyBy Dan Sorenson Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 26, 2010 6:01 pm  • 

Appearing Monday at an Arizona Town Hall in Tucson, Gov. Jan Brewer dismissed the threat of an economic boycott over the new state immigration law she signed Friday.

"I don't believe it's going to have the kind of economic impact that some people think it might," Brewer said, in answer to a question from the audience after she gave a luncheon speech at the DoubleTree Hotel.

U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, a Tucson Democrat, has called for a boycott of convention business for the state, and other calls have come for a boycott of Arizona goods, services and tourism because of the nationally controversial immigration law.

Brewer said outrage over the ability of police to ask people for citizenship documentation will fade, just the way she said the uproar faded when she was secretary of state and rode herd over a requirement that voters show ID at the polls.

"This is not Jan Brewer's first rodeo," she told the audience at the town hall focused on economic issues.

Outside, on the front edge of the DoubleTree's property facing South Alvernon Way, were roughly 100 protesters holding or waving signs at motorists and chanting against the law.

An unusually large contingent of police, from the Arizona Department of Public Safety and Tucson Police Department, sealed off the hotel from the neighborhood, not allowing people in cars or on foot to enter the property from adjoining neighborhood streets.

The police stayed out of sight of the protesters, for the most part, staging behind the sprawling hotel's buildings. The protest was peaceful and there were no arrests reported.

Brewer, in her speech, laid out a five-point plan to help the state's economy recover from the recession. That includes having several state agencies involved in economic development - including departments of commerce, revenue and state land - all working together to "cut red tape and green tape." She said the state couldn't afford to "let jobs languish because they were caught in the pipeline."

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