May. 18, 2010 at 12:27am
Despite the differences in support, residents say both cities should continue to do business with companies in Arizona. Tacoma residents favored it more, with 72 percent saying keep doing business while 21 percent said boycott. In Seattle, 60 percent said do business with Arizona while 34 percent said boycott.
See the raw poll results here:
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by Erik on 5/18/2010 @ 12:36am
|Thus, according to the KING News Poll, Tacomans are against the proposed boycott by a margin of over 3 to 1.|
The News Tribune online poll shows 79 percent against and 21 percent for with 3460 votes counted:
Either way, the proposed Arizona is one of the least popular issues ever before the Tacoma City Council.
by The Jinxmedic on 5/18/2010 @ 6:36am
|That's why they will pass it, because the council is good at doing extremely unpopular things.|
by fredo on 5/18/2010 @ 6:57am
|Erik, thanks for the great posting.
Examining the poll a little more closely I discovered the following information. 55% of Tacomans who identify themselves as latino oppose the boycott. Also 55% of Tacomans who identify themselves as liberal oppose the boycott.
Jinx observed that the council is good at "doing extremely unpopular things."
I would tweak this a bit. The council is very good at becoming involved in things which are irrelevant to the performance of their offices, AKA "abuse of power."
by morgan on 5/18/2010 @ 9:14am
|I don't understand this whole boycott thing. What exactly is being boycotted? Seems like shooting off a nasty letter to their gov'ner would be cooler.|
by Erik on 5/18/2010 @ 9:39am
|How about an alternative resolution.|
Tacoma could pledge to be a better city in the future with some sort of inclusive diversity statement and encourage Arizona to do the same.
If Tacoma really wants to take a substantive stand on an immigration issues, the council could examine what is happening with the thousand plus immigrants that are being held IN TACOMA in the Northwest Detention facility which have been largely been ingnored to date.
Kurdish Iraqi immigrant Sam Malkandi has been held in federal detention facilities in Tacoma for four-and-a-half years, ever since it came to light that the onetime Kirkland resident helped arrange a medical appointment for a prominent al-Qaida operative.
Malkandi, who once worked as a contractor on Army bases preparing soldiers headed for Iraq, claimed he didn't know the true identity of the operative and was only doing a favor for a friend of a friend. Supporters portrayed him as a hardworking family man who loved his new country.
Nevertheless, an immigration judge ordered him deported to Iraq, where the U.S. has repatriated 43 people in the past year and a half. That decision was affirmed by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last August. Yet Malkandi remains at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.
But examining one's own problems is always harder I guess.
"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?"
by fredo on 5/18/2010 @ 9:53am
|"Tacoma could pledge to be a better city in the future with some sort of inclusive diversity statement" Erik
Tacoma already has residents of every color and creed and we all live in a harmonious fashion. What sort of additional diversity should we add?
"the council could examine what is happening with the thousand plus immigrants that are being held IN TACOMA in the Northwest Detention facility" Erik
The ICE detention facility is operated under a federal contract. What is happening there that the council should be attending to?
by fredo on 5/18/2010 @ 10:00am
|"an immigration judge ordered him deported to Iraq"
If an immigration judge isn't qualified to make such decisions who would you recommend? Ryan Mello? Shakira? Osama bin Laden? the publisher of the Seattle Weekly?
by Erik on 5/18/2010 @ 10:03am
|The ICE detention facility is operated under a federal contract.
Yes Fredo, But IMO, it is more relevant for Tacomans than the laws of Arizona since it is in Tacoma.
by fredo on 5/18/2010 @ 10:33am
|What is happening there that the council should be attending to?
by TacomanTime on 5/18/2010 @ 11:50am
|If 57% of the 412 people surveyed support the new law, shouldn't the City be putting forward a supporting resolution? Maybe even encouraging their state representatives to adopt a law like Arizona's?
Besides, it sounds like this "boycott" isn't really a boycott but rather just a statement saying, we don't think people should be doing business with Arizona, but don't mind us City folks, we're going to keep doing business.
by fredo on 5/18/2010 @ 12:52pm
|If 57% of the 412 people surveyed support the new law, shouldn't the City be putting forward a supporting resolution? Maybe even encouraging their state representatives to adopt a law like Arizona's? TT
Yes, I believe they should.
by alwayssancerre on 5/18/2010 @ 7:17pm
|From where I sit, the U.S, almost has a open door policy. We need to get a handle on immigration and Arizona has taken a hard stance. I am all for what our country was founded on, aside from us whities decimating the native population, but we have to get control those that illegally enter this country. Where does it end? The City needs to stay out of this stupid boycott business.|
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