CNN asks: will new immigration law impact Arizona tourism?

Tonto Trail in Grand Canyon

Politics? Out here?

Talk about a stretch.

From 2007 to 2009, we watched Wall Street egregiously snap our country’s economy over its knee. But still, our money and investments remain in the same banks and firms that led us into this economic Hades. We watch—no, we demand—that celebrities cheat, lie and steal their way to fame. And then we buy their music, push their films to box office records and comment on their golf swings.

And now CNN wants to know if we won’t travel to the Grand Canyon because Arizona wants more out of our country’s immigration laws than the last two administrations were willing to provide?

I won’t delve too deep into the political shadows this debate tends to cast but I am smart enough to know that illegal immigration in border states is a much, much different issue than it is in other parts of the country. I’ll trust you to do your own research.

Honestly, I don’t think many people will make the connection. The Grand Canyon, in all its glory, is more a symbol of the world than a single state. It’s a wonder that stands on its own, well out from under any sort of political umbrella and free from the impact of shallow social trends like immigration protests. (Sorry, but most of today’s conscientious objectors are anything but.)

Sadly enough, there are plenty of Americans who could identify the Big Hole from its Wikipedia entry but remove the name of its home state from the definition and the challenge of correctly adding it back in would have most scrambling for their Google toolbar.

Ever been to Havasupi? If you’re heading to Arizona to protest, you might was well head down the canyon for a look. And while you’re there, take a look around at the reservation. Maybe you’ll find a real cause to support.

Or what about the damage caused by our ever-evolving desire to engineer nature, which you can fight here.

The CNN piece cites the cancellation of the American Immigration Lawyers Conference. It mentions an online petition to boycott Arizona with … wait for it … hundreds of names. Oh, and San Francisco says not to go there either. Look, I love San Fran; it’s an awesome, outdoors-loving city. But its leaders’ collective assumption of relevancy to the rest of the country is really getting tired.

We are a hyper-reactive culture. The slightest political debate comes to boil well before the temperature of its impact warrants it. And like everything else that cooks too fast, the end product ends up tasteless and hard to chew.

Arizona is a beautiful part of the southwest. Go there. Have fun. Tell them I said hola.

2 thoughts on “CNN asks: will new immigration law impact Arizona tourism?

  1. If anything – now that Arizona (and hopefully other states) are going to start enforcing immigration laws it will make those border states safer. Less criminals (yes, illegal immigrants are criminals) would actually attract more tourists. So yes, new immigration laws will impact Grand Canyon tourism — in a positive way.

  2. It will be the administration’s next great issue, that’s to be sure. The problem, for me, is that few people are truly read on the topic. It creates such a firestorm that people tend to lose their sense of reason. Nevertheless, whatever the result, more attention to the needs of our national parks, particularly the heavily visited locales that see the most wear and tear, will be a good thing.

    Thanks for reading.

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