By Karl Reiner
When Gov. Brewer signed SB 1070 into law in April 2010, few of Arizona's political leaders had anything good to say about Mexico. SB 1070 provoked a conflict between federal and state enforcement responsibilities and generated numerous problematic civil rights issues. Picking up on the negative vibrations, Mexico's border state governors refused to attend the border governor's conference if it was held in Arizona in 2010.
The publicity SB 1070 generated encumbered Arizona with an economy damaging negative reputation. It has been estimated that the SB 1070 affair cost the state a loss of output in the range of $250 million, resulted in the loss of 2,000 jobs and was responsible for a $9 million drop in tax revenue.