St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman has ordered city departments to no longer travel to conferences in the state of Arizona. He issued the order because of a recent law that cracks down on illegal immigration in that state.
“This law sets a dangerous example for the rest of the country,” Coleman said in a news release. “It will create a culture where racial profiling is acceptable, and will create a dangerous wedge between police officers and the communities they serve. We’ve seen what can be done through partnering with immigrant communities and its effects on issues such as domestic violence rates, violent crime, and overall community safety.”
Coleman also said he intends to write to the DNC and the RNC to encourage them to not choose Phoenix for the national political party conventions in 2012.