San Francisco bans travel to Arizona by city employees to protest immigration law

posted at 5:48 pm on April 28, 2010 by Allahpundit

Via Jim Treacher. Implausibly, this is only the second-lamest boycott of the day. The winner? The inchoate progressive rebellion against New York-based Arizona Iced Tea, a.k.a, “the drink of fascists.”

But then, everything associated with tea is “fascist” these days, isn’t it?

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced today a moratorium on official city travel to Arizona after the state enacted a controversial new immigration law that directs local police to arrest those suspected of being in the country illegally.

The ban on city employee travel to Arizona takes effect immediately, although there are some exceptions, including for law enforcement officials investigating a crime, officials said. It’s unclear how many planned trips by city workers will be curtailed…

San Francisco’s move comes as the Board of Supervisors introduced non-binding resolutions calling for comprehensive immigration reform and a boycott of Arizona because of the new law, which requires police to try to determine the immigration status of anyone they reasonably suspect of being in the country illegally. There are also online boycott campaigns calling for everything from a boycott of the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team to the Grand Canyon.

I think this is a fine reminder that governments can exercise their sovereignty in all sorts of creative ways — so fine, in fact, that it should be emphatically reciprocated by Arizona at the first available opportunity. There’s no shortage of moronic resolutions passing through Frisco’s city government; pick one and let the righteous conservative indignation flow. Or better yet, make sure that San Fran’s travel ban is widely publicized inside Arizona and let residents do the rest. Businesses in the bay area are already bracing for a backlash by conservatives (“Certainly in a recession, we don’t want any retaliation”) and that’ll help jumpstart it.

Still not creative enough? Well, San Francisco happens to be one of the most notorious sanctuary cities in America, so much so that even Gavin Newsom ended up knocking the city council last year for being too soft on crimes committed by underaged illegals. I’m sure an arrangement could be reached by which Arizona’s unwanted “guests” relocate to Frisco or some similarly welcoming jurisdiction. Except that, oddly, at the moment none of those jurisdictions seem to want any more “guests” of their own:

As San Francisco and other “sanctuary cities” declare war on Arizona over its new law cracking down on illegal immigrants, most state and local governments that provide a safe haven to undocumented workers refused to publicly roll out a welcome mat for the estimated 440,000 illegals in the Grand Canyon state.

Several mid-size cities and states with policies that seek to protect undocumented workers either declined to comment to FoxNews.com on whether it would accept Arizona’s illegal immigrants or said the possibility had not been considered…

Bill Begley, a spokesman for Mayor Mike Moncrief of Fort Worth, Texas, told FoxNews.com that he couldn’t comment on whether the city, with its population of more than 700,000, would take in any of Arizona’s illegal immigrants.

“We’d have to sit down about any overt offer that would address that issue,” he said. “That’s not something I can talk about off the top of my head.”

I’ve got a feeling progressives are going to come through here the same way they so often come through by volunteering to pay higher taxes. And if they do, good news: Looks like Texas is gearing up to pass an Arizona-style law of its own, so soon there’ll be opportunities for even more “guests” to relocate. In fact, consider this an opportunity for the left to prove how serious it is about its Nazi analogies. Surely they wouldn’t deny safe passage to Jan “Himmler” Brewer’s victims, would they?

Here’s the latest incarnation of the Nazi meme, incidentally, via (where else?) MSNBC. One of the amazing things to me about this debate is how opponents of the law have almost merrily squandered a chance to win some conservatives over to their side. Virtually every prominent Republican has warned of “concerns” about the law — I’ve acknowledged it myself — such that a calm, reasoned appeal about potential civil-rights abuses might have gone a long way. Instead, my sense is that with each new hysterical bleat about Nazism, etc., people are either tuning out or hardening their positions reflexively. It’s not just lefties who are to blame either: Today’s exercise in “bullying sanctimony” by Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson was as grating as anything I’ve read by a liberal. But oh well. When you come to a debate swinging a cudgel, don’t be surprised when people start swinging back. Click the image to watch.

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That’s good news to the livestock of Arizona; they can sleep soundly knowing they won’t be molested or buggered.

ray on April 28, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Fox:

A San Francisco woman whose husband and two sons were gunned down last month — allegedly by an illegal immigrant who remained in the city despite previous crimes — is demanding the city do something about its sanctuary law.

Danielle Bologna was widowed on June 22 when Edwin Ramos, 21, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, allegedly gunned down her husband, Anthony, and two sons, Matthew and Michael, in a road rage incident when her family was returning from a picnic.

Ramos has been charged with three counts of murder in the case, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

“It was a senseless crime, and had they done something this animal would not have taken my family,” Bologna told FOX News on Monday. “I feel that the government should have stepped in. I feel that they allow these immigrants to come in and how dare they strip our families like this.”

The Chronicle reported that Ramos was convicted of two gang-related felonies while a juvenile and remained in San Francisco because the Juvenile Probation Department did not alert federal authorities. San Francisco’s 1989 “City of Refuge” ordinance prohibits city agencies from contacting the feds on immigration matters.

San Francisco aided and abetted the murder of its own citizens. Why should Arizona listen to them?

Noel on April 28, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Still not creative enough? Well, San Francisco happens to be one of the most notorious sanctuary cities in America, so much so that even Gavin Newsom ended up knocking the city council last year for being too soft on crimes committed by underaged illegals.

There’s your Quote of the Day contender. Only in America San Francisco…

Blacksmith on April 28, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Boy, am I glad our vacation is settled for THIS year! Never been to Grand Canyon, always wanted to see it. Looks like 2010 is gonna be THE YEAR!

oldleprechaun on April 28, 2010 at 6:31 PM

I was there last summer, second time in thirty years. You Will Not Regret.

Who is John Galt on April 28, 2010 at 10:12 PM

Already did spring training in Phoenix….Arizona is Texas with Balls

micmac on April 28, 2010 at 10:21 PM

I’ve boycotted SF for the last 20 years by not spending a cent there, even though I live only about 30 miles away.

xplodeit on April 28, 2010 at 10:32 PM

Arizona should provide one way bus fare to San Fransissy for the illegals, where apparently, they are wanted. (probably to pick the grapes for the elitist snobs)

DRH on April 28, 2010 at 10:38 PM

Here we go. The country is at war with itself. Thanks B.O.
One thin is for sure. Anyone in favor of illegals taking the jobs and benefits is also in favor of voter fraud. Thats what its all about. Its about having more dem votes when it comes time. B.O. specialized in motor voter law. Its all pointing to him and keeping power.

johnnyU on April 28, 2010 at 10:58 PM

They better be careful. They may end up saving some money.

just-j on April 28, 2010 at 10:58 PM

Wow! This is working out better than anyone in AZ ever dreamed! Getting rid of the illegals and the weirdos in one swoops. I sooooo hope my state is paying attention and preparing to steal the AZ model.

MikeA on April 28, 2010 at 11:17 PM

San Francisco should proclaim that their people will not patronize any non sanctuary city in the country.

That way the most strident, suicidal loons can shuttle in a perfect circle jerk amongst themselves.

Until the nation becomes a shattered, non-English speaking banana republic writ large.

Which seems to be the glorious aim of these slaphappy imbeciles.

profitsbeard on April 28, 2010 at 11:25 PM

Now I need to check the schedule and see when the Diamondbacks play the Giants.

I wonder if armed guards will turn the plane away and not let them land.

reaganaut on April 28, 2010 at 5:52 PM

Cubs are playing the Snakes @ Wrigley this Friday.
If I can get a ticket I know what my sign will say, ‘THIS Cubs fan stands with Arizona!’.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 28, 2010 at 11:35 PM

As an Arizonan, I condsider this a win-win!

Desert Gardens on April 28, 2010 at 11:51 PM

Condsider = consider

Too much good news to concentrate on spelling!

Desert Gardens on April 28, 2010 at 11:52 PM

As if the crazies in San Francisco are going to hurt Arizona, I’ll bet the people in Arizona are relieved.
Do the people in San Francisco really think they matter?
Please San Francisco, do me a favor, stay the hell out of Texas too.

rdpostsr on April 29, 2010 at 12:02 AM

Why don’t the Democrats understand the definition of “Illegal” in phrase “Illegal Immigration”?

Egfrow on April 29, 2010 at 12:08 AM

Lets talk boycotts, shall we ?
http://articles.sfgate.com/2003-02-23/news/17479134_1_getty-images-getty-fortune-returns-show

Check page # 7 onwards
Balboa is out and so is anything associated with Plumpjack( its that evil toxic big oil family ….Getty)

In the meantime, can someone plz take up some investigation and let us know which wineries buy grapes from these 2 vineyards ( Zinfandel Lane with 18.6 acres and rental “residences,” and Skellenger Lane with 8 acres and a “homesite”)

http://www.stewwebb.com/bush_links_to_nancy_pelosi.htm

macncheez on April 29, 2010 at 12:21 AM

Hmmmm.

Best idea was on Lumbaugh around 12 noon EST. Arizona should return SF’s favor by encouraging illegal aliens to relocated to SF. Possibly with a free one way ticket by bus or rail to SF.

Stick’em in the eye Arizona!

memomachine on April 29, 2010 at 12:23 AM

Arizona without liberals? Get my travel agent on the phone.

Ronnie on April 29, 2010 at 12:53 AM

What’s absolutely amazing in all this is that California politicians generally can’t ever do a damn thing fast. Nothing that ever really needs to be done ever gets done quickly.

Yet it’s utterly amazing how fast these ass-kissers up and down the state can pander to the illegal-alien grievance-mongers.

JEM on April 29, 2010 at 1:13 AM

Although I note the same development — that the left is bypassing an opportunity to find common ground with the right on civil rights concerns — it doesn’t “amaze” me. I don’t think the left is actually concerned about civil rights.

It’s not amazing, but it’s horrifying that the left-leaning in the MSM are simply using whatever cues present themselves to create a false narrative about what’s going on. Their response to the Arizona law, about which I too have had civil-rights reservations, is as opportunistic and manufactured as their cooperation in demonizing the Tea Party protesters. This isn’t about elucidating issues for them any more. It’s about sustaining a slanted narrative.

J.E. Dyer on April 29, 2010 at 1:15 AM

Obama Billboard

MB4 on April 29, 2010 at 1:48 AM

Now Oakland CA has joined SF to boycott AZ..

http://cbs5.com/local/oakland.arizona.boycott.2.1662977.html Oakland ?
hahahahahha

macncheez on April 29, 2010 at 2:24 AM

SF Libspeak Translation:

“Wait! You mean that we would actually have to LIVE with them and educate their kids and stuff??? Bummer! Look! What we do is make noise, throw things, and smell bad. We are very good at that. Oh! and every once in a while we blow things up or burns things down. That is what we do.

Now come down to Polk and Eddy , if you’re into that kinda thing, and set up a tent and live in the park and take a crap on the sidewalk in front of an old woman and her grandkids. Yeah! This is SF and that is how we roll!”

End translation

shorebird on April 29, 2010 at 3:07 AM

May God bless America and keep her safe. amen

kellyjane on April 29, 2010 at 4:24 AM

This isn’t the first time SF pulled this crap. They banned any city/county employee from being a member of the BSA. A judge who had been involved with the Boy Scouts all his life had to quit the Scouts. Then they they thought they could put the screws to anyone who was a member of the California Bar which of course is mandatory if you want to practice or even maintain your license as inactive. They really are fascists. Most liberals are.

Blake on April 29, 2010 at 4:31 AM

What a bunch of crap! After that woman’s husband and sons were gun downed by some illegal alien teen that should have been deported twice, they are still acting like a sanctuary city to young thugs. I guess that woman and her family just weren’t important enough San Franciscans.

Blake on April 29, 2010 at 4:37 AM

As a Resident of California I say, God Bless Arizona, Oh and Arizona please please please tell those imbeciles in San Fransicko to go to hell…

doriangrey on April 29, 2010 at 6:38 AM

Gavin Newsom is such an annoyance, not to mention a complete and utter fraud, it still astounds me how this guy has so many people bamboozled.

Think about it! What the hell would city employees in San Francisco be doing traveling to Arizona anyway? Even better, Newsom, answer this! What the hell would city employees be doing traveling ANYWHERE else for that matter? I though Newsom was trying to keep costs in the city down by restricting city business-related travel. His logic here makes no sense whatsoever!

This so-called protest on Newsom’s part is so lame, I can’t even think of anything to compare it to as even coming close to an equal.

Newsom is a nuisance, pure and simple!

pilamaye on April 29, 2010 at 6:39 AM

You know that southern border is not just the US border.
Nothing says Arizona can’t close it’s own border!

And really should bill the Feds for it.

docjohn52 on April 29, 2010 at 6:42 AM

I hope S.F. cracks of the continent and falls into the Pacific. A great way to clean up the trash. Sound mean? No, it’s a realistic thought….

HomeoftheBrave on April 29, 2010 at 6:50 AM

I hope S.F. cracks of the continent and falls into the Pacific. A great way to clean up the trash. Sound mean? No, it’s a realistic thought….

HomeoftheBrave on April 29, 2010 at 6:50 AM

Sigh… Sadly that cant happen, however on the positive side every single earthquake in NorCal does push San Fransicko a little closer to Oregon where it belongs.

doriangrey on April 29, 2010 at 6:56 AM

It seems the best solution is to give everyone what they want:

Let San Francisco keep it’s public officials, who wants them anyway?

Give illegals a free ticket to San Fran, so they can benefit from the Liberalism that is apparently so important to residents of the city.

Problem solved! Arizona gets rid of a huge cost to the State, and San Francisco gets to say they are the most compassionate city in America, willing to take in some 500,000 illegal aliens.

What could go wrong?

darkmetal on April 29, 2010 at 7:04 AM

AP/Ed:

Boss Emeritus was on FnF this am and had an excellent point on the Mexican immigration law. She summarized that there’s like a 2yr minimum time in prison, forced extradition, profiling that would deport you if your presence imbalanced the demographic equilibrium and a roundly Draconian policy overall when juxtaposed with our weak enforcement of our liberal laws. I think her points are thread worthy as a means to educate all on the relative strength/weaknesses of various immigration policies as a means to frame the debate on our own.

ted c on April 29, 2010 at 7:12 AM

Boo Hoo. You mean to tell me all those transvestites, sado-masochists, and other freaks will have to go elsewhere?

Arizona’s retaliation – Send illegals to California. I’m sure their budget can handle the tidal wave of new illegals.

olesparkie on April 29, 2010 at 7:46 AM

A San Francisco woman whose husband and two sons were gunned down last month — allegedly by an illegal immigrant who remained in the city despite previous crimes — is demanding the city do something about its sanctuary law.

I have long thought an aggressive campaign of supporting law suits against any and all cities who choose to harbor the cause of the crime and shoulld be forced to “pay through the nose.” They are complicit in breaking the law and easier to sue than a state. New Haven, CT (Dodd land)has also voted to be a safe haven for criminals (since they don’t discriminate as to which kind of illegals they assist in breaking federal law)

Don L on April 29, 2010 at 7:54 AM

Give illegals a free ticket to San Fran, so they can benefit from the Liberalism that is apparently so important to residents of the city.

Say isn’t that a reverse Cloward Piven strategy? Bankrupt the liberal states and cities? Hmmmmm?

Don L on April 29, 2010 at 7:56 AM

Listen up, illegals, San Francisco is waiting for you with open arms. Go there. They have lots of free government programs, and they don’t care if you belong to a gang, or if you are a criminal. They have very lax laws, so it would be a great environment for you guys. Go ahead and go there. San Francisco will accomodate you. They are asking all illegals to come to the city by the bay. Bye bye, go there.

Mark7788 on April 29, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Arizona should charter a fleet of buses, and do a sweep of the State.

Offering free transportation to a location that will not inquire into their immigration status.

If you’d like a free ride to a more “compassionate” location, we’ll take you now, no questions asked.

Trip ends in San Fran. Here you go Gavin, new voters for you.

NavyspyII on April 29, 2010 at 8:10 AM

Starting to ask myself why our good for nothing Prez isn’t addressing this except with his usual words and words only. Instead he’s choosing to use it for political fodder and actually quietly ASSIST AND SUPPORT the racism angles this presents…at least so far. He and his will come up with some glib excuse or cover -up and he might come up with some strategy but you can bet, in his heart of hearts, he’s hoping Arizona falls on its face. My respect for this Presidents has rounded go and is heading for bottomless disgust.

jeanie on April 29, 2010 at 8:16 AM

I haven’t been to San Francisco in about 25 years and they will continue not to see me or my family ever. On the other hand we love Arizona even more now and are planning to get there at least twice this year. If there’s a fund set up for transporting all the illegals to San Fran I’m all in.

Nalea on April 29, 2010 at 9:53 AM

How can we get the same deal where SF people don’t come to flyoverland?

flyoverland on April 29, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Already did spring training in Phoenix….Arizona is Texas with Balls

micmac on April 28, 2010 at 10:21 PM

A legislator here in Texas wants to enact a similar law in next year’s session:

Texas lawmaker to introduce immigration bill similar to Arizona law

Ward Cleaver on April 29, 2010 at 10:13 AM

I think all of the illegals fleeing AZ should go to SF. Then they can sieze private housing that’s ‘vacant’ bcs we know how SF loves to appropriate private property for use by ‘poor’ people w/ no place to live!

Badger40 on April 29, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Greta asked a SF city councilman the #1 question last night. ‘How much business does the city do in AZ?’ He had no clue. How much is SF paying this guy and the mayor? They didn’t do any homework on this subject before jumping on the media bandwagon. Is Newsome being groomed for a national position by the dems? hmmmm.

Kissmygrits on April 29, 2010 at 10:41 AM

Say isn’t that a reverse Cloward Piven strategy? Bankrupt the liberal states and cities? Hmmmmm?

Don L on April 29, 2010 at 7:56 AM

Not really, unless it’s organized at a national level. More like giving them a taste of the two-edged sword of boycotting.

Dark-Star on April 29, 2010 at 11:05 AM

where can we donate $$ to in order to set up a group of buses to fill with illegalo immigrantes and head north to SF and deposit them upon the steps of the Merciful Sanctuary of SF City Hall?

Has SF set that up yet? ummmmm…. *insert sound of crickets chirping here*…

ted c on April 29, 2010 at 11:14 AM

As a side note, I’ll mention that friends of mine who are Christian missionaries, and have worked all around the world, say that San Francisco and Paris are the “spiritually darkest” cities they’ve worked in.

KyMouse on April 29, 2010 at 11:16 AM

How can we get the same deal where SF people don’t come to flyoverland?

flyoverland on April 29, 2010 at 10:00 AM

they already live in Utopia. I say let all the folks in AZ who are now paisonos non gratos (sic!) take SF up on their el promisio de sanctuaria and send them a personal invite to come enjoy their unicorn petting zoo that was built underneath a rainbow.

ted c on April 29, 2010 at 11:16 AM

San Francisco bans travel to Arizona by city employees to protest immigration law

Is this supposed to be a threat, or a promise?

BobOfTexas on April 29, 2010 at 11:18 AM

Bleed is going to SFO and will rent a car there.

When Bleed is asked for ID, Bleed will launch into disbelief, and ask the “interogator” if Bleed had somehow landed in Nazi Germany.

Bleed_thelizard on April 29, 2010 at 11:38 AM

I am an Arizona resident who lives 6 miles from the border, close to where the rancher was murdered 3 weeks ago. I have a proposition and would gladly be the first to contribute. My wife and I will personally buy any illegal (any nationality) a bus ticket to ANY sanctuary city in the US, preferable San Fran. I am sure Mayor Gavin (twotime) Newsome would love to have them. I would like to see a poll on Hot Air to see how many law-abiding citizens would join my wife and I in this endeavor. How about it AP?

usarmyretired on April 29, 2010 at 11:58 AM

How does Mickey Mouse deal with people that jump the fence without a ticket @ disneyland?

seven on April 29, 2010 at 1:37 PM

A detailed list of Arizona firms to support and San Fransisco firms to boycott is below:

DETAILED LIST OF AZ FIRMS TO BUY-COTT AND SF FIRMS TO BOYCOTT!

Mutnodjmet on April 29, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Mayor Bloomberg

“This is not good for the country. I don’t agree with it,” he said. “We love immigrants here.”

Don’t you get tired of people switching the subject from illegal immigrants to immigrants. I’m sure they do it purposely.

Ernest on April 29, 2010 at 2:55 PM

These cities are all broke. Why are they traveling anywhere?

Noel on April 29, 2010 at 8:52 PM

Wasnt’t the Soviet Union big on travel restrictions? Man, this poor country gets more Marxist by the day. We need Thomas Jefferson and Barry Goldwater rolled into one to purge our government of domestic enemies…..

adamsmith on April 30, 2010 at 7:19 AM

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