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by Lisa Grimaldi | May 12, 2010

On Monday, the National Council of La Raza, the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, called for a boycott of Arizona to protest SB 1070, the state law that requires state and local police to determine the immigration status of people who have been arrested or detained. In a statement released Monday, Janet MurguĂ­a, NCLR president and CEO, said, "When a law so contrary to our values is passed, we must act decisively. We are calling for a boycott because this law will blow open the door to increased racial profiling, wrongful arrests and other discrimination." She also noted that the decision to boycott was not taken lightly since it could affect people in Arizona who are targeted by and/or oppose the law. "However, the law is so extreme, and its proponents appear so immune to an appeal to reason, that nothing short of these extraordinary measures is required," she said. As part of the boycott, which the group said will remain in effect until SB 1070 is repealed, overturned by the courts and/or superseded by comprehensive federal immigration legislation, the council called for Major League Baseball to move the 2011 All-Star Game out of Arizona. Even before La Raza's call for the boycott, the number of meetings and conventions canceled in the state continued to climb: The Arizona Hotel & Lodging Association told M&C that the number of canceled events had reached 23 as of this week. A spokesperson for the group said there were several more possible cancellations, but they had not yet been confirmed.