City Attorney Defends Potential Challenge To Arizona Immigration Law

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera committed this morning to suss out and terminate city contracts with Arizona companies in protest of the state's harsh new immigration law.  Herrera also said he would offer his staff's assistance in any legal challenges to the law.

While no progressive San Franciscan would say that the Arizona law is anything short of a disaster, should a department facing $1.6 million in budget cuts commit resources and staff time to challenge an out-of-state law?

City Attorney spokesman Matt Dorsey says this is not mere grandstanding — and might have a real effect. “I know this is an issue that resonates personally with [Herrera]. … I think Dennis feels strongly it's worth anything this city could do. There's also the reality of if enough cities do this, there's critical mass, and Arizona might change its position.”

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