By Mario Conde
The annual Border Governor’s conference is in a danger of not happening now thanks to a boycott to Arizona made against the SB1070 anti-immigration bill.
The 2010 Border Governor’s conference is set to take place in Phoenix, Arizona next month but since the approval of the controversial Arizona Bill most of the Mexican Governors have expressed that they will not attend if the conference is held in Phoenix.
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has stated that he will not attend the conference if indeed the event will happen in Arizona. Last year the border governor’s conference in Monterrey, Mexico was attended by very few governors.
The conference board is still analyzing if they are going to move the event to California or New Mexico. Governor Jen Brewer sent a letter to Baja California Governor Jose Guadalupe Osuna Millan and invited him to attend the conference. Governor Osuna already replied to Brewer stating that as vice-president of the board, he will not attend the conference if it’s held in Phoenix as a matter of protest for the passing of this law that violates human rights, Osuna said.
Rep. Bob Filner (D-Chula Vista) said in a press release that he is sponsoring a resolution where they asked Major League Baseball that they move the scheduled 2011 All-Star Game that is going to take place in Phoenix to another city.
“We are asking the Major Leagues to look for another venue and not to held that important game in Arizona due to the passing of that immigration law.” Filner said.
Filner also stated that MLB has a philosophy of tolerance and diversity and asked that the game be held in another place and also to take stance against the unjust law of Arizona.