Public Defender Jeff Adachi, Just Back From Arizona, Doubts Wisdom of Boycott

San Francisco politicians' push to boycott Arizona following the Grand Canyon State's adoption of a harsh new immigration policy popped a lot of flashbulbs, and earned a lot of ink. But now some city leaders are questioning the wisdom of this broad-brush approach

One of them is public defender Jeff Adachi, who just happened to be in Arizona lecturing at Arizona State University when State Bill 1070 was enacted last week. He was surrounded by angry and scared people looking for answers and support — and he doesn't feel boycotting the state will do either of those things.

“The problem with a boycott is you might not be impacting whoever it is you want to boycott,” he said. “If you're trying to send a message to the whole state, you've done that and made your headlines. But, beyond that, are you punishing the people who support this law and rewarding and supporting those who oppose it? Shouldn't that be the point?”

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