Arizona Congressman Backs Off Call for Boycott

U.S. Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-Arizona), who last April called for a convention boycott to protest SB1070, the controversial immigration law in Arizona that went into effect last week, has rescinded his call for a boycott. In a statement released last week, the congressman said, "I am encouraging national groups to return their conventions and conferences to the state to help us change the political and economic climate." In an interview with the Arizona Daily Star, Grijalva said the pressure he hoped to exert with his April calls for economic sanctions did not have the intended effect on Gov. Jan Brewer, State Sen. Russell Pearce and other supporters of the law. He went on to say he will "lend a hand" to the tourism industry to get conventions to come to Arizona. In related news, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has set a November hearing date as Arizona appeals last week's U.S. District Court ruling that blocked some of the law's most controversial elements.