Two federal agencies have joined the “boycott Arizona” trend and nixed conferences there out of concern over the state’s immigration law, a Democratic Arizona congresswoman said, calling the development “very troubling.”
Any cancellations by the Department of Education and the U.S. Border Patrol may have been more out of a desire to steer clear of controversy than outright protest of the law. But Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who has written to dozens of cities and groups in a campaign to persuade them to end their boycotts, said it was disturbing to learn that the federal government would withdraw from the state over the issue.
If the federal government feels it is appropriate to boycott Arizona, Arizona should boycott the federal government in return. Earlier this week, I called for civil disobedience by the states. Arizona should now do all it can to recover the losses from the canceled conferences. Arizona should sue the federal government for violating Article I Section 9 of the Constitution. Arizona should also sue for slander and libel because of the lost business which was the direct result of the federal government’s attacks against Arizona’s anti-immigration bill.
Arizona should also mention “secession” as a possibility. Arizona has no interest in seceding, but the threat will show the Feds that Arizona is serious. Many states have already mentioned the secession possibility, so Arizona will join a growing crowd of states.
When the federal government no longer represents the people, we need the states to represent us. When they fail to do so, we need to take to the streets. The tea party movement began the street campaign long ago. The states now need to assert their proper role in our federalist system. I am proud that Arizona is leading the fight against the growing collectivism of the federal government.