Actor and activist Danny Glover said Wednesday a boycott of Arizona may not be an appropriate response by critics of the state’s sweeping law targeting illegal immigration.
Glover called the law misguided, a disservice to the state and “a reaction to an extraordinary level of fear.”
But the “Lethal Weapon” star also believes Arizonans and their leaders will resolve what he called a moral crisis.
“I believe that the people of Arizona … will find a way and allow themselves to shine,” Glover said.
Glover appeared at a Phoenix Convention Center news conference with Mayor Phil Gordon and the Rev. Warren H. Stewart Sr., a local civi rights advocate.
The actor said boycotts can do irreparable damage.
Some groups and governments upset about the new law have canceled meeting plans in Arizona and called for restrictions on spending that benefits the state and its businesses.
Critics contend the law will result in racial profiling of Hispanics and others. Supporters say the law contains language preventing such profiling and will instead pressure illegal immigrants to leave the country and save taxpayer money.
Police would be required to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they’re in the country illegally.
Stewart, a leader of the fight two decades ago to approve an Arizona state holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr., said he was also concerned about reaction to the law.
“It’s going to mushroom and people are going to express their holy indignation in ways we haven’t seen before,” Stewart said.