In MI, Rashida Tlaib Sponsored Resolution to Boycott Arizona Over Illegal Alien Identification

By Alex Madajian | March 19, 2019 | 1:18pm EDT
Rashida Tlaib (D), now a 
freshman congresswoman in
the U.S. House of Representatives.
(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

( — While in the Michigan state legislature in 2010, then-State Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-12th District) – now a member of the U.S. Congress — introduced a resolution urging Michigan businesses and organizations to cease all commerce with the state of Arizona because of a law it had passed to crack down on illegal immigration.

The law (SB 1070) required all aliens in Arizona to carry identification documents and allowed Arizona police to review those documents during a “lawful stop, detention or arrest,” if there was a “reasonable suspicion” that the person was an illegal immigrant.

“[W]e urge Michigan businesses and public and private organizations to refrain from doing business with or in the state of Arizona as an expression of protest against Senate Bill 1070,” reads the resolution (H.R. 291) sponsored by Tlaib. “[B]e it further Resolved, That we urge repeal of Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070.” 

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Also, “be it further Resolved, That the House of Representatives investigate the possibility and impacts of cutting the state of Michigan’s economic ties with Arizona, including cutting state contracts with Arizona-based businesses in favor of Michigan-based businesses, banning official state travel to Arizona, or divesting from any investments in Arizona-based companies or municipal bonds,” reads the resolution.

The resolution, H.R. 291 was introduced on May 26, 2010, and at the time was also sponsored by Fred Miller (D-31st District) and Alma Wheeler Smith (D-54th District).

The resolution was introduced and referred to the Committee on Government Operations, but it was never taken up for a vote, according to the Michigan Legislature website.

Arizona’s law was challenged in the courts. On June 25, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled (5-3) that parts of SB 1070 were preempted by federal law but affirmed that Arizona police could investigate a person’s immigration status during a stop or arrest, if there is a “reasonable suspicion” that the person is an illegal alien. contacted House Rep. Tlaib’s office by telephone to see if she had any further comment about her resolution. Her office did not respond by the time this story was posted.

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