What is the price of intolerance? At least $140M

A recent report, commissioned by the Center for American Progress, and conducted by the Scottsdale-based economic firm, Elliott D. Pollack & Co. revealed that Arizona has lost $140 million in revenue since the passage of the controversial immigration law, SB-1070. The law makes failure to carry immigration documents a crime. It also extends the authority of police to detain anyone suspected of being in the country illegally.

Many immigrant-rights group called for a boycott of Arizona after Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona signed the bill into law. It was felt that it was discriminatory and it would lead to profiling. The study also stated that Arizona would continue to lose revenue for more than a year from lost meetings and conventions.

But Arizona is not alone in anti-immigrant sentiment. A coalition of Republican Colorado state lawmakers called the Republican Study Committee are planning to introduce an immigration bill that closely resembles Arizona’s immigration law. Unlike in Arizona, the GOP in Colorado face an uphill battle because they do not have the votes, since the state Senate and the governorship is controlled by Democrats.

But with the economy in a very slow recovery and countless of people still unemployed, the GOP has decided that this is the time to pass laws that discriminate and that lead to suspicion and hate. So what is the price of intolerance? Colorado, just ask Arizona.

Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one’s own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.” – John. F. Kennedy