An Arizona congressman urged businesses on Tuesday to boycott his state if the governor signs into law a bill to make illegal immigration a state offense.
Rep. Raul Grijalva, a Democrat, said businesses need to punish the state if the bill becomes law as a way of making sure no other states follow suit.
“Do not do business with the state,” Mr. Grijalva said at a press conference on the Capitol grounds in Washington.
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Rep. Luis V. Guttierez, Illinois Democrat, also said if the law is signed then President Obama must assert the primacy of federal law in this area and tell the state it cannot enforce it.
“we need to nationalize bad laws in particular states,” he said. “The president of the United States should simply say, on issues of immigration, the Constitution is clear.”
Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, has not taken a position on the measure.