The creative leftists at the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada have emerged from their ongoing Frantz Fanon reading group long enough to press the cities of Reno and Las Vegas to support a boycott of Arizona over the new state law there instructing local police to do what they were already allowed to do -- call federal authorities if they believe they've encountered an immigration violator in the course of their duties.
Oh, the humanity!
PLAN wants the city councils to reject any new contracts with Arizona-based companies to protest the law. No word on why they haven't yet tried Austin, Elko or Eureka.
"I think our local government should not use our tax dollars to help support the economy of a state that endorses racial profiling," explained Bob Fulkerson, director of the Reno-based group.
But Reno City Councilman Dave Aiazzi questioned whether the request would have any practical effect. "I don't know if we do any business with Arizona-based companies," he said Monday. "This request is just PR and nothing more."
Leave aside for the moment such practical objections, and the fact that Nevada -- with one of the nation's most tourist-driven economies and currently one of its hardest stricken -- can ill afford to get into a "boycott war" with anyone, even if the cause made sense.
Beyond that, the Arizona law is favored by a majority of Americans (not to mention a boycott of the state is overwhelmingly opposed by Americans) with good reason.
The Arizona law requires that police conducting traffic stops or questioning people about possible legal violations ask them about their immigration status if there is "reasonable suspicion" that they're in the country illegally.
Police in every nation from Mexico to Argentina to the Congo to Red China will stop and ask for your "papers" if they perceive you're a foreigner. That's "racial profiling" (which, by the way, is specifically barred under the Arizona act).
Why doesn't PLAN call for boycotting those nations -- and all of the 190 others that seek to control their own borders?