Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Arizona businesses bring common sense to immigration debate

Businesses bring common sense to immigration debate - East Valley Tribune: Opinion

Glenn Hamer, president of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, said studies on the economic effects of SB 1070 have ranged from $15 million to $150 million in losses for Arizona.

No matter how misguided those boycotts may be, they are real. Arizona companies that lose out on contracts to other states suffer and inevitably end up laying off workers and shrinking the taxpayer base in our state.

Pearce won't likely back down - "I stand on the side of citizens, not a bunch of businessmen that write me a letter," he said after Thursday's defeat - so don't be surprised to see the bills resurface.

For now, however, chalk one up for the businesses.

"It was really extraordinary," Hamer said, "to see the entire mainstream business community come out and say ‘We recognize the need to secure the border, we recognize the need for immigration reform at the federal level, but we don't need to continue to go it alone with statewide measures that won't do anything for border security but will weaken our economic security.'"

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