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Austin, Texas City Council Votes Consider AZ Boycott

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posted on May, 14 2010 @ 09:52 AM
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Austin, TX - In an unanimous vote Thursday morning, Austin joined a growing number of cities protesting the state of Arizona's new immigration law. This vote means Austin will ask the city manager to look into its business ties with the state so that they can consider terminating them in the future.

As of now, the city has no business ties with the state of Arizona. The city will not cancel any contracts with private companies in the state.

There are already five employees with scheduled trips to Aizona. Those trips will not be canceled. However, the resolution will prevent future business trips to the state from being scheduled.

The measure comes just weeks after Arizona passed a bill that would allow police to question people they believe are in the country illegally.

Today's resolution was introduced by Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Mayor Pro-tem Mike Martinez and Coucil Member Bill Spelman.

Earlier this week, Mayor Pro Tem Martinez gave a number of reasons why he wanted to introduce the measure. First, he wants to make sure city employees aren't put at risk by sending them into a potentially hostile environment.


Apparently AZ Gov. Jan and her bill is being viewed as an attack on all Latinos, not just illegals by others around the country. I'm not sure that is actually the case, however Any politician worth their salt should have seen this coming. I predict this will be a national issue come Nov. and the repercussions could go either way. Latinos are a huge voting demographic in the southwest and if they rally as a cohesive unit; it could go very bad for the conservatives in the up coming midterm elections. or the converse could happen.

Honestly I'm surprised that this sentiment is being mirrored in my home state of Texas. However Austin does have a left leaning, progressive atmosphere. I doubt if the same feelings are manifest in Lubbock or Amarillo.






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posted on May, 14 2010 @ 10:27 AM
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Originally posted by whaaa
www.myfoxaustin.com...

Honestly I'm surprised that this sentiment is being mirrored in my home state of Texas. However Austin does have a left leaning, progressive atmosphere. I doubt if the same feelings are manifest in Lubbock or Amarillo.




Austin is where all of the Texas liberals flock to. Where the ciry motto is "Keep Austin Weird". Where sandals, and the tie die shirt are king! 6th street is an excellent bar scene though, well worth the 45 minute drive (for me).

-E-

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posted on May, 14 2010 @ 10:30 AM
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Quite right. I lived in Austin for many years. The liberals of Texas are mostly centered around there because of the university. I'm not surprised by Austin's actions, but Austinites should not be surprised if more conservative cities like Dallas refuse to follow their lead.



posted on May, 14 2010 @ 10:38 AM
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Originally posted by MysterE


Austin is where all of the Texas liberals flock to. Where the ciry motto is "Keep Austin Weird". Where sandals, and the tie die shirt are king! 6th street is an excellent bar scene though, well worth the 45 minute drive (for me).

-E-



True! I love Austin! Me and my crew played the SXSW this year and had so much fun that it should have been illegal. It probably was.
Catch us at the Parish Room around Xmas time and I'll buy you a Corona!

topic....will the AZ deal unify and cause the Latino demographic to become more active in politics?

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posted on May, 14 2010 @ 10:48 AM
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Doesn't surprise me...

Austin = Cali.

Austin's a F'n joke now.
Gays, witches, libs, starving artists, eco maniacs, etc. Austinite's are some of the wackest-a$$ people ever IMO.



posted on May, 14 2010 @ 10:52 AM
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Originally posted by whaaa

Catch us at the Parish Room around Xmas time and I'll buy you a Corona!

topic....will the AZ deal unify and cause the Latino demographic to become more active in politics?


I may take you up on that!

On topic: As i'm sure you know, this isn't doing any unifying here in southcentral Texas. Hispanic people are equating illegal=Hispanic. The police cheif here in San Antonio actually said it would create more crime because illegals would be hesitant to report crime out of fear of being deported! I hate it when people piss on my leg and tell me its raining (metaphor of course)

-E-



posted on May, 14 2010 @ 10:57 AM
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the only joke now is people like your self! thank god for austin i know san antonio wont be far behind and Neither will Dallas. who gives a crap about the Texas panhandle “ I was born and raised in Hereford” it is full of ignorant closed minded jack asses! this is a good Example of how life was in the panhandle




posted on May, 14 2010 @ 11:01 AM
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Interesting how States going against Arizona are nothing but butt kissing illegals that have not respect for the laws in this nation to protect American citizens and tax payer.

I say, take a good look as who is selling this nation for illegal immigration, after all doesn't rich Texan oil rats love illegal servants? in their homes?

Yes cheap labor at the expenses of the rest of the nation.

Give Texas to Mexico and California too.




posted on May, 14 2010 @ 11:28 AM
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Hey marg:

Please don't be giving away Texas to Mexico


We already fought that battle once before:

www.conservapedia.com...

An earlier poster was correct. Austin does enjoy its reputation
of being weird. So be it. ...They have some great food, music & beer there.....
although not sure if I would want to live there....



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posted on May, 14 2010 @ 11:37 AM
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The problem is that while Texas fought to be part of the union now the influx of immigrants from Mexico and their power growing into government is going to make it very hard for the regular legal citizens to live and prosper there including New Mexico and look what is going on in California.

All this power is backed and financed by big interest in corporate America.



posted on May, 14 2010 @ 11:42 AM
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*SNIP. Don't talk *SNIP* on my home. It's one of the great cities in America. Really, if you don't like Austin something is seriously wrong with your mental faculties. Or maybe you've never even been here.

In response to the "well dallas won't do it". Really? The city, while being annoyingly pretentious and fake, does vote predominantly democratic. And don't forget about Houston. They just elected an openly gay mayor. The ultra conservatives in the state mostly live in the smaller towns and cities (on a demographic basis, I realize there are all kinds of people everywhere).

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posted on May, 14 2010 @ 11:56 AM
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Originally posted by Romans 10:9


Austin's a F'n joke now.
Gays, witches, libs, starving artists, eco maniacs, etc. Austinite's are some of the wackest-a$$ people ever IMO.




Sounds like my kind of people in contrast to emotionally & ideologically constipated, porn addicted, right winged, crybabies.

topic....pirhanna can I buy you a Corona as well? Austin Rocks! And has the most fantastically beautiful women on the planet. Vancouver is a close second.



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posted on May, 14 2010 @ 12:04 PM
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Originally posted by pirhanna
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Dude you can suck it. Don't talk # on my home. It's one of the great cities in America. Really, if you don't like Austin something is seriously wrong with your mental faculties. Or maybe you've never even been here.

In response to the "well dallas won't do it". Really? The city, while being annoyingly pretentious and fake, does vote predominantly democratic. And don't forget about Houston. They just elected an openly gay mayor. The ultra conservatives in the state mostly live in the smaller towns and cities (on a demographic basis, I realize there are all kinds of people everywhere).


Seeing as how your fabulous city is located in the heart of the only county that voted no on Proposition 2, i would say that *SNIP*.
You and the Californians can have Austin. Yall can be one big happy 'family'.

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posted on May, 14 2010 @ 12:14 PM
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Originally posted by whaaa
Austin Rocks! And has the most fantastically beautiful women on the planet. Vancouver is a close second.


This is no lie, however San Marcos, is in the running for second!

-E-



posted on May, 14 2010 @ 12:20 PM
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funny how all the people for this law just rip on any city, company, school or anyone that boycotts AZ what will it take to make you guys come to some sort of a middle ground on the issue? all im hearing is deport them all, they're all criminals!!! any city that boycotts us is a bunch of backwoods, crap, broke, city not worth listenin to anyway! lol talk about divide and conquer....



posted on May, 14 2010 @ 12:22 PM
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The vote in Austin is not surprising, nor is the fact that it is essentially meaningless surprising.
There was a mayor a while back, Cooksey I think it was, wanted to announce to the world that Austin was committed to feeding the homeless. Sort of a feel good measure, WE are the most liberal, NOT San Francisco sort of thing I think.
He was shown the door, pronto. Even liberals knew you don't "advertise" that sort of thing, you might get more customers.
You notice they are not saying, Illegal Immigrants Welcome!
So, Austin has learned. Keep it meaningless.



posted on May, 14 2010 @ 12:28 PM
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to: mysterE re: Austin's women:

So true. I have, on more than one occasion while visiting Austin in the past, almost had an accident while driving in the University area especially, while viewing the "scenery"....it must be something in the water.








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posted on May, 14 2010 @ 12:32 PM
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This crap is tearing our country apart. The president just needs to announce that all Mexicans are welcome to migrate to America and get it over with. Think of all of the votes he would get.

No one is taking control of this situation and making a decision. Who can blame Arizona?



posted on May, 14 2010 @ 12:34 PM
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As an outsider this is quite funny to watch. States going at it because one state was a frekin retard and passed a hateful law that actually isn't even designed to do what ignorant people think!

What most of the people arguing about this completely neglect to consider is that this is a direct intimidation tactic, that's all. This law has nothing to do with legally controlling immigration, it has everything to do with victimizing and threatening other people in the hope that it'll scare them away.

If a state wants respect it deals with its problems in an adult and level headed manner, not with arbitrary and ill-thought-out laws creating criminals from regular people and breeding racism.
They are doing exactly what the Nazis did, and most are too ignorant to see it.

It's a pathetic, knee-jerk, uneducated reaction to a genuine problem. It causes more problems than it solves (clearly), and panders to an idiotic population who can barely count to ten without seeking assistance.

I hope Arizona has its ass kicked by other states over this. If the leadership are going to implement laws under public pressure even when they know it'll do more harm than good, they deserve to get a pounding from more intelligent states.

Laws should be created to better the state, not to bow down to mindless public pressure. It's the responsibility of those leaders to explain the facts and persuade the public, not brainlessly accept an irresponsible law that they KNOW will damage their state and their people.

IDOTS!



posted on May, 14 2010 @ 12:53 PM
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LMAO

I think it's time for you real Texans
to go take back Austin. It appears
to have lost it's way.



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