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Some Support, Others Oppose Arizona Boycott

EL PASO, Texas – Local groups are joining those organizing protests and boycotts of several Arizona-based businesses…but some local leaders say that’s not the smartest approach.

More than a dozen local business are on a ‘Ban Arizona’ list. Problem is, it would only hurt El Paso’s economy.

Outrage over the law is gaining supporters nationwide. “Ban Arizona” has more than 650 friends on Facebook.

The group is calling for boycotts and protests of several El Paso businesses with any ties to Arizona.

At least 48 people have already confirmed to a Saturday protest of Clear Channel – a radio and advertising company that’s actually based out of San Antonio.

“It might put a little dent in their pockets and make them realize we’re doing something wrong here,” said an El Paso resident.

The company is apparently being lumped in because of talks on one of its radio shows. Locally, Clear Channel employs fifty people.

“All you’re doing is potentially putting El Pasoans out of work, ” said Richard Dayoub, President of the Greater Chamber of Commerce.

He explains that while well intentioned…boycotting local businesses doesn’t make any sense, “Several of the organizations are small businesses, owned by small business owners who have sacrificed a lifetime of savings to purchase a franchise to work in this business in El Paso. “

Cold Stone Creameries is one of the franchises on the list. They have three El Paso locations and 45 employees.

“I think we ought to boycott until they come to their senses, ” said Congressman Silvestre Reyes. He agrees with boycotting Arizona.

But he says we should leave out businesses that contribute to our economy. “I would not boycott Peter Piper because of Arizona; I think it’s important that we use common sense.”

As in many other cities across the nation…a March will be held Saturday, at 9:30 in south El Paso.

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