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Re: Washington Watcher's article Defeat of Arizona Patriotic Immigration Reform Package Calls for Vigilance—Not Pessimism
From "Grey Stalwart" [Email him]
Washington Watcher wrote "[T]he CEOs of 60 Arizona businesses sent an open letter to State Senate President and SB 1070 sponsor Russell Pearce stating 'we strongly believe it is unwise for the Legislature to pass any additional immigration legislation, including any measures leaving the determination of citizenship to the state.'"
We have voting power and economic power. The Open Borders advocates have only the latter and threaten us with it in practice and theory. The "60" have given us a rare, defined target. Boycott the "60" and tell them why. Give Raul Grijalva the boycott he wanted.
The end of the letter is disingenuous, saying that they would push for federal restrictions that the Chamber of Commerce has fought tooth and toenail to stop. Contact the "60" in a year and ask how their efforts have gone.
James Fulford writes: A boycott is probably a good idea, and it's already being tried by the pro-invasion faction, who are boycotting the whole state.
Robert Delgado, of the Hensley Beverage Company is one of the signers, and as the leftish ColorLines blog points out: "Hensley was one of the targets of the boycott that immigrant rights organizations called for in the wake of SB 1070. An economic impact analysis released by the liberal think tank Center for American Progress last year found that boycotts cost the state $140 million in lost convention business alone."
Even if true, of course, this is chickenfeed by comparison with the costs of immigration—and it's being borne by an industry that relies heavily on illegal labor.
"Much has been made of an open letter that 60 chief executive officers of Arizona businesses sent me, urging the Legislature not to 'pass any additional immigration legislation.' They focused on the supposed negative effects of a boycott of Arizona. But it is not unreasonable to suspect that a desire for cheap labor was also a factor."
I haven't included all the email addresses findable, but there are more here.
Drew Brown, Managing Director, DMB Associates, Inc.
Philip Francis, Executive Chairman, PetSmart; Chairman, GPL
Ronald Butler, Arizona Managing Partner, Ernst & Young
W. Douglas Parker, Chairman, President/CEO, U.S. Airways Group
Ronald Brown, President, Atrium Holding Company
Richard Dozer, [Email him]Chairman, GenSpring Family Offices
Daniel Connor, President/CEO, Blood Systems
Peter Fine, President/CEO, Banner Health
Craig Phelps, [Email him] Provost, A.T. Still University
Jeff Whiteman, President/CEO, Empire Southwest LLC
Thomas Sadvary, President/CEO, Scottsdale Healthcare
William Coats, Chief Executive Officer, The Leona Group
Herman Chanen, Chairman/CEO, The Chanen Corporation
Lee Hanley, Chairman/CEO, Vestar Development Company
William Schubert, Chairman, Kitchell Corporation
Jon Pettibone, Managing Partner, Quarles & Brady LLP
David Bruno, Vice Chairman, Managing Director, DHR International, Inc.
Marty Laurel, Vice President, Blue Cross Blue Shield of AZ
James Gentile, President/CEO, Research Corp for Science Adv.
Roger Vogel, Chairman, President/CEO, Vante Medical Technologies
Michael Duran, Vice President, Chief Dev. Off., TMC Healthcare/TMC Found.
F. Michael Geddes, Chairman, President, Geddes and Company
Bruce Beach, CEO, BeachFleischman PC, Chairman, SALC
J. Doug Pruitt, [Email him] Chairman/CEO, Sundt Construction, Inc.
Brian Johnson, Managing Director, Loews Ventana Canyon
Peter Likins, President Emeritus, University of Arizona
Robert Delgado, President/CEO, Hensley Beverage Company
Michael Kennedy, President, Gallagher & Kennedy P.A.
Robert Underwood, Chief Executive Officer, Underwood Brothers, Inc.
Shelly Esque, Vice President, Legal/Corp Affairs, Intel Corporation
Denise Resnik, President, Denise Resnik & Associates
Vince Roig, Chairman/CEO, Helios Foundation
Constance Perez, Chief Executive Officer, Adreima
Susan Williams, President/Founder, HR Choice
Kevin Sandler, President/CEO, ExhibitOne Corporation
Debbie Johnson,[Email her] President/CEO, Arizona Hotel & Lodging Assoc
Jim Click, Jr., President, Jim Click Automotive
David Cohen, Executive Vice President, Team BeachFleishman PC
Donald Pitt, President, Campus Research Corporation
Alan Klein, Board Chair, So. Arizona Lodging & Resort Ass.
Michael Kasser, President, Holualoa Companies
Linda Hunt, Area President, CHW Arizona, President/CEO, St. Joseph's Hosp
John Zidich,[Email him] CEO/Publisher, Arizona Republic
Howard Fleischmann, Owner, Community Tire & Auto Repair
Nancy Stone, President, ILX Resorts, Inc.
Janice Cox, Retired CEO, Carondelet Foundation
Don Budinger, Chairman/Founding Director, The Rodel Foundations
David Anderson, President, Off Madison Avenue
Steven Wheeler,[Email him] Chairman, Greater Phoenix Chamber
Bill Calloway, Plant Manager, Nestle-Purina, Flagstaff
J.R. Murray, Chairman, Flagstaff Forty
Other names authorized, but where signatures were not available at the time of printing.
Reginald Ballantyne III, Senior Corporate Officer, Vanguard Health Systems, Inc.
Gerrit van Huisstede, Regional President, Wells Fargo Bank
Earl Petznick, Jr., President/CEO, Northside Hay Company