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Bloomington piles into Arizona boycott

June 3, 2010

Bloomington is the latest city to join the boycott of Arizona over its new immigration law. City officials in Bloomington have decided to stop buying goods and services from companies based in Arizona, according to The Herald-Times. Neither will the city send city officials to the state for conferences.

However, the city is not expected to end existing relationships, including trash pickup by Phoenix-based Republic Services.

Beginning July 29, police in Arizona who enforce another law must ask about immigration status if the police think the suspects might be in the United States illegally.

Arizona has come under a torrent of criticism for the law's potential to unleash police abuses, while supporters believe it’s a reasonable response to the costs of supporting illegal immigrants, particularly when the federal government hasn’t stepped in with a national policy.

Surveys generally show Americans support for the law, though Latinos tend to oppose it.

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