Arizona may have faded a bit from the immigration headlines after its controversial SB 1070 law became mired in legal wrangling, but pro-immigrant activists in the state said they still have a lot of work to do.
“There's an anti immigrant climate that’s permeated this state,” said Salvador Reza, an activist and community organizer for Tonatierra.
Reza and Tonatierra have asked the Mexican national soccer team to not play a scheduled game against Denmark at the University of Phoenix Stadium in protest of the state's notoriously anti-immigrant stance, the site Latino Rebels reported.
According to Reza, the team did not heed his call and the game is scheduled to go on.
“We’re asking people not to go. We’d rather prefer that the Mexican team not go but they’re going any way,” said Reza.
Whatever immigration reform that President Obama tries to pass through we want him to know we don’t want immigration laws like in Arizona.
- Salvador Reza, Activist
The call for a boycott was inspired by a report on the Spanish-language network, Univision..
A program producer claimed he was racially profiled by a Glendale police officer .
"Racial profiling is not acceptable and the treating of immigrants as criminals is not acceptable," said Reza.“We cannot keep giving money to the state that is using that money to persecute us.”
Reza still plans to hold a 13-mile walk from Maricopa County Sherriff’s Joseph Arpaio’s office to the stadium to bring attention the problems
After Arizona initially passed SB 1070, many national groups and celebrities called for a boycott of the state of Arizona.
One of those groups were the National Council of La Raza.
But after the U.S. Supreme court ratified the controversial bill, the anti-Arizona rhetoric died down and NCLR dropped its boycott.
"That's why we're in the position we are in," said Reza, who shied away from directly attacking the NCLR.
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