Debate over Arizona law active online

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on April 28, 2010 at 7:11 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 28 at 9:58 AM

PHOENIX -- Days after Gov. Jan Brewer signed Arizona's controversial new anti-illegal-immigration law, debate continues to swirl, and those on both sides of the issue are taking their arguments online.

Despite large protests and even acts of vandalism, poll numbers show that the majority of Arizonans do agree with Brewer's decision and are in favor of Senate Bill 1070.

Supporters and opponents of the measure are turning to the Internet, specifically social media, to rally others to their respective sides.

While many of the online groups are relatively unorganized, some are very well put together. Many groups are advocating boycotts of Arizona. One Facebook group posted yesterday, however, is urging followers not to boycott the state. The "Don't Boycott AZ Tourism" group was organized by the Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association.

They are encouraging people to put politics aside and go about their business in Arizona.

The group says boycotts only hurt the state's 200,000 tourism workers who face losing their jobs.

"SBill 1070 has nothing to do with tourism, but some have decided to make tourism and the many innocent associates that represent this industry a scapegoat,"is what's written on the group's info page.

According to the association, at least six meetings at Arizona hotels have been canceled in the wake of 1070's signing and subsequent controversy. The group says tourism brings in nearly $1.5 billion in tax revenue each year. They fear any boycott would hurt Arizona's already struggling economy.

The "Don't Boycott AZ Tourism" group isn't the only group on Facebook related to Arizona's new law. There are dozens of them. The topic has also been trending on Twitter over the past few days, which means people are talking about the issue, and they're talking quite a bit.

Arizona's new anti-illegal-immigration law is also providing fodder for bloggers, including Meghan McCain, the daughter of Arizona Sen. John McCain.

While the senator has spoken positively about the measure, saying it was an appropriate response to the federal government's failure to secure our border, Meghan McCain's opinion is quite different.

In a post on The Daily Beast titled  "Hate the Law, Not Arizonans," the Columbia University graduate calls the law "seriously flawed."

While saying she understands how the law came to be, she does not support it.

"Simply put, I think it is a bad law that is missing the bigger picture of what is really going on with illegal immigration," McCain wrote.

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