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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.

AZ State Senator Russell Pearce, responding to the open letter, said

"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.

These are the signers of the CEOs on Immigration Letter, Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (Email the President of the Phoenix Chamber, Todd Sanders)]

  • 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

  • Stephen Rizley, Sr. Vice President/General Mgr., Cox Communications, Inc.

  • Daniel Connor, President/CEO, Blood Systems

  • John Graham, [Email him]President, Sunbelt Holdings

  • 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

  • Paul Dykstra, [Email him]Chairman, President/CEO, Viad Corporation

  • 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.

  • Bruce Dusenberry, [Email him] President, Horizon Moving Systems, Inc.

  • 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

  • Kenneth Lamneck

  • Frances Merryman

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