Arizona has been a bad, bad state. According to new measures signed into law last week, it is legal for police to require citizens to provide documentation of their legal standing on “reasonable suspicion” alone, since illegal immigrants are now banned by law from stepping foot in Arizona. Any person caught without proper documentation on public or private property can be charged with trespassing, a second class felony, and any person without legal status charged with an offense can then be transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. But you knew all this already, because every other state in the nation is pissed.
The President went on record to say the law “undermined the basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans,” the Attorney General is considering legal action against the legislation, and San Francisco is calling to boycott the state altogether. How exactly does a city boycott another state? Simple: End all contracts with Arizona-based companies and end city travel to the state.
While this seems like a logical way to protest a law that’s anything but, one company is unfairly being impacted by the new wave of Arizona anger. AriZona Iced Tea, producer of the beloved Arnold Palmer tall boy, is actually a born and bred New Yorker. Founded by two guys from Brooklyn in 1992, its headquarters have been based in Long Island for the last 16 years.
After George Lopez tweeted a joke on Tuesday implying the company was linked to the new law — “Went to buy an AriZona Iced Tea and they asked me for my documentation. So I bought HORCHATA instead!” — the beverage provider became a trending topic on twitter — never a good sign when the country is in the midst of a boycott against your namesake state. While they were able to save face with a prompt response tweet, other companies, including Cold Stone Creamery, Dial Soap, PF Chang’s, Fender, U-Haul, Sky Mall, US Airways and Best Western, all based in Arizona, have no such easy out, not to mention the 2011 MLB All Star Game, which may quickly find itself traded from Phoenix.