Letter to CEO of Porsche regarding GEORGIA BOYCOTT after lawmakers passed Arizona-style harsh anti-immigrant lawby President of Somos A. Bustos on May. 20, 2011, under Latino Republicans Vocal Against Unconstitutional laws and harm towards our economy, Secure Borders and Reasonable Immigration Solution, The Nativist Anti-immigrant Movement
May 20, 2010Mr. Detlev von Platen CEO, Porsche Cars North America 980 Hammond Dr., Ste. 1000 Atlanta, GA 30328
Subject: New Headquarters in Georgia
Dear Mr. von Platen:
We are pleased at Porche’s commitment to the U.S. market, but surprised at your choice of Atlanta for a location, especially as a foreign based company.
As a national organization based in Arizona, we’ve seen the disastrous results of Arizona’s anti-immigrant law (SB1070) on Arizona’s economy and reputation as a place that welcomed hard working immigrants. Losses run well into the 100s of millions due to lost tourism, and lost economy from over 100,000 hard-working tax-paying Hispanics leaving. SB1070 has already cost several million in legal fees, and hate crimes against Hispanics have soared along with a very negative image of Arizona as hostile.
Proponents of anti-immigrant laws would like for others to believe that all 100,000 of those who left Arizona were undocumented immigrants, but in fact a sizeable percentage are U.S. Citizens and legal immigrants tired of the hostile environment and racial profiling by police that has become so pervasive in recent years. Many Arizona companies report difficulty recruiting Hispanics from outside Arizona. Fortunately, a second round of anti-immigrant bills failed to pass, as Arizona businesses finally decided they had had enough of the disastrous consequences of SB1070 and aggressively opposed the new bills.
Georgia enacted a very similar law just a week ago, HB87, and Georgia can expect similar consequences as Arizona, perhaps even worse due to more of Georgia’s economy dependent upon critical sectors that depend heavily on immigrant labor, such as tourism and agriculture.
Critics of HB87 are already organizing boycotts, a development which should concern PCNA, which as a Georgia based company would likely experience a reduction in sales from such a boycott.
We urge Porsche to reconsider your choice of Georgia as the site of a new headquarters facility, as we don’t believe Georgia has provided an accurate picture of Georgia’s economy and the regression into a past era where Georgia experienced some of the worst bigotry in modern times.
DeeDee Garcia Blase President, Somos Republicans Bob Quasius Vice-President, Somos Republicans