Actor Danny Glover: Boycott of Arizona not warranted

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by Catherine Holland, Jennifer Thomas and The Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 12:21 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 5 at 4:44 PM

PHOENIX -- Actor and activist Danny Glover will join the Rev. Al Sharpton in an event opposing Arizona's new anti-illegal-immigration law Wednesday evening.

Glover, who is probably best-known for his roles in the "Lethal Weapon" movies, met with Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, business leaders and other city representatives on Wednesday morning.

During a news conference that followed, Glover said that a boycott of Arizona may not be an appropriate response by critics of the state's sweeping law targeting illegal immigration.

He said the law is misguided, a disservice to the state and "a reaction to an extraordinary level of fear and uncertainty." But he said he believes Arizonans and their leaders will resolve what he calls "a moral crisis."

Critics contend the law will result in racial profiling. Supporters deny that and say the law will pressure illegal immigrants to leave the country and save taxpayers money.

Provisions include a requirement that police question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they're in the country illegally.

After a 6 p.m. service at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, Glover and Sharpton will lead a march to the state Capitol. The march protesting SB 1070 will start at approximately 7 p.m.

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