Backlash from Arizona’s new immigration law could cost the Phoenix area at least $90 million in revenue.
Four major events have been canceled and others are on the brink, as calls for a boycott grow louder in protest of a law that lets cops ask people for their citizenship papers.
For Phoenix, losing $90 million in conventions is just “the tip of the iceberg,” Mayor Phil Gordon said. The law doesn’t even go into effect for another 80 days, but it’s already endangering the city’s economy.
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“I’m fielding calls even internationally now. This has taken on a worldwide life and it is going to cause irreparable damage,” Gordon said, who fears layoffs.
Organizers of another 19 events have expressed concern about bringing visitors to Phoenix because of the new law, he said.
Cancellations include the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the oldest African American Greek-lettered frat in the country, which planned to hold its annual convention in July and will now head to Las Vegas.