A new law in Arizona has garnered a lot of attention nation-wide and in the process has stirred up quite a debate about issues like illegal immigration, civil rights and states' rights. According to this blog post by Yes! Weekly's Jordan Green it is also already having an effect on the University of Arizona:
We have already begun to feel an impact from SB 1070. The families of a number of out-of-state students (to date all of them honors students) have told us that they are changing their plans and will be sending their children to universities in other states. This should sadden anyone who cares about attracting the best and brightest students to Arizona.
I think this is just the beginning for Arizona. In the very near future I suspect you'll be seeing business conventions moved to venues in other states, business and leisure travel to the state curtailed, and boycotts called by special interest groups.
Usually hot-button issues like this result in a lot noise without much action for a short time and then blow over, but this one feels different. It feels like this one could turn into a major economic and social event for Arizona.