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Democrat Rep. Raul Grijalva calls for a boycott of his own state

posted at 4:25 pm on April 21, 2010 by

Well, this ought to go down in history as one of the dumbest things a politician has ever said.

An Arizona congressman urged businesses on Tuesday to boycott his state if the governor signs into law a bill to make illegal immigration a state offense.

Rep. Raul Grijalva, a Democrat, said businesses need to punish the state if the bill becomes law as a way of making sure no other states follow suit.

“Do not do business with the state,” Mr. Grijalva said at a press conference on the Capitol grounds in Washington.

Rep. Luis V. Guttierez, Illinois Democrat, also said if the law is signed then President Obama must assert the primacy of federal law in this area and tell the state it cannot enforce it.

“we need to nationalize bad laws in particular states,” he said. “The president of the United States should simply say, on issues of immigration, the Constitution is clear.”

Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, has not taken a position on the measure.

The economy in Arizona, like in the rest of the country, isn’t exactly strong and healthy. Yet this moron politician finds it wise to encourage businesses not to do business with the state? Gee, I bet Arizona residents really love that, particularly the ones who work in the tourism and business sectors.

Meanwhile, 70% of Arizona residents approve of the initiative. 83% say a candidate’s position on immigration makes a big difference on how they vote. Even a small majority of Democrats approve of this new legislation. This is probably a safety issue, of course, considering the growing instances of drug-related violence along the border.

Doesn’t matter to Grijalva, though, does it? Like most Democratic politicians, he isn’t there to represent constituents. What they think and want doesn’t matter. It’s all about his agenda. And Grijalva doesn’t want harsher immigration laws.

Maybe this November, Arizona residents should boycott Raul Grijalva instead.

Cross-posted from Cassy’s blog. Stop by for more original commentary, or follow her on Twitter!

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It’s beginning to look as if it’s about their own agenda with most pols, and the Obama WH. What people? What do they know anyway.

jeanie on April 21, 2010 at 4:36 PM

“In tonight’s news, former Representative Raul Grijalva has found employment at Harvard University. His new class – Advanced Political Suicide. Details at 11.”

KinleyArdal on April 21, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Rep. Luis V. Guttierez, Illinois Democrat, also said if the law is signed then President Obama must assert the primacy of federal law in this area and tell the state it cannot enforce it.
“we need to nationalize bad laws in particular states,” he said. “The president of the United States should simply say, on issues of immigration, the Constitution is clear.”

Maybe somebody should explain to this idiot that deciding whether state laws violate the U.S. Constitution is the job of the courts, not the president. It’s beyond pathetic that a congressman does not know this.

Meanwhile, the voters in his district should send this ignorant, illegal alien-pandering fool to the back of the unemployment line.

AZCoyote on April 21, 2010 at 5:01 PM

His constituents are illegal mexicans.
His constitution is Das Capital.
He just resides in AZ, which doesn’t guarantee his allegience to this country.

macncheez on April 21, 2010 at 5:10 PM

If Arizona were to pass this into law, I for one, would gladly attempt to do business with companies that reside in Arizona.

The problem is the federal government already has quite a few laws on the books which make illegal immigration a crime – and fail to enforce them! Maybe we should boycott the federal government instead.

jackal40 on April 21, 2010 at 7:16 PM

How does having a law that is essentially the same as a federal law violate the Constitution? I know robbing a bank is a federal offense and would involve the FBI, but does that mean that local cops cannot arrest a suspect?

duggersd on April 22, 2010 at 2:39 PM