Arizona BUYcott Supporter Says ‘Illegal Criminals’ Will ‘Disappear’ Like ‘Cockroaches’

arizona buycottThis weekend, tea party activists gathered in Arizona to express support for the state’s new immigration law, SB-1070, by launching a “buycott” campaign to support state businesses. Tony Venuti, publisher of AZ Tourist News, has spearheaded the “Arizona Buycott” webpage which lists the businesses which want their support of SB-1070 to be documented. The front page of the website features a video in which Venuti lays out his own immigration views. Venuti states that the criminals, or “bad hombres,” need to get their “butts out of town.” According Venuti, by “ID-ing” everyone, the “illegal criminals” will “disappear like cockroaches”:

Let me tell you something, there’s gonna be procession down into the border South when you see a lot of illegal criminals knowing they are going to be compelled to be ID’d or thrown in jail, you’re gonna see them disappear back south like a bunch of cockroaches. Trust me. The other ones that are here, we’re gonna have to deal with them and I don’t know how that’s going to be dealt with. We don’t need to worry about that now.

Tuesday,, the Arizona Republic reported that “the exodus of illegal and legal immigrants predicted by some as a result of Arizona’s tough new immigration law is expected to hurt a variety of businesses that directly and indirectly cater to immigrant populations.” If all of Arizona’s undocumented immigrants “disappeared,” the state could lose $26.4 billion in economic activity, $11.7 billion in gross state product, and approximately 140,324 jobs.

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Rather than worrying about the economic effects of the law itself, Tea Party Nation launched the separate “National Arizona BUYcott” campaign last month at the Winning Back America Conference, which was headlined by Liz Cheney, Fred Thompson, and Sarah Palin. Gina Loudon, the St. Louis tea party supporter who credits herself with coming up the buycott idea, has said “the goal is to render boycotts ineffective.”

andreaLoudon has high hopes. The personal financing website,, has estimated that Arizona’s fragile tourism industry has already lost $6-10 million in cancellations since the bill was signed into law. Phoenix alone stands to lose as much as $90 million as a result of boycotts. Democratic Diva’s Donna Gratehouse attended the buycott rally in Arizona this weekend and found that none of the big companies listed on Loudon’s website were present at the pro-SB 1070 “buycott” at Tempe’s Diablo Stadium except for Tempe’s Xtreme Bean Coffee. Venuti’s website so far lists only 16 business — one of which is his own.

Andrea Christina Nill


  1. SK says

    So the concept is that keeping illegal aliens out of Arizona will hurt it’s economy because they won’t be shopping? Should we stop arresting other lawbreakers as well? Drug addicts, burglars, murderers, because they’re great consumers also?

    I think if you look at the cost of illegal aliens coming to this country and having children that the American taxpayer has to support, those costs far outweigh the benefit of having more consumers in the state of Arizona. Especially since many illegal aliens cram themselves into houses and send most of their earned income to their country of origin.

    The costs to the American taxpayer for anchor babies can include birth costs, welfare, federal Section 8 housing, Medicaid, foster care that can be paid to relatives even if the mom and dad are still living with their kid, educational costs, including teaching in Spanish instead of English, Social Security Disability and even free college if the parents get their kids into the foster care system. Illegal aliens can get all this for their kids, even if they’ve never paid a dime into the system.

    No, I don’t think Arizona should be concerned about losing some potential shoppers. Of course, calling people cockroaches is stupid and mean. You’ll always find some people who are abusive about other groups of people, and the worst offenders will use the AZ bill in abusive ways. But the rest of Arizona’s citizens just want to stop footing the bill for the federal government’s refusal to prevent illegal aliens from taking our nation’s resources.

  2. Jim Bean says

    Cockroaches? In Rawanda that is what Hutus asserted that the Tutsis were just before the genocide started. This is getting scary!

  3. MdeG says

    Likening human beings to cockroaches is offensive, period. I don’t care whether it’s done with reference to race, politics, or anything else. In this case I strongly suspect that race is a factor. I’ve never heard this kind of language applied to Boston’s large undocumented Irish population.

  4. says

    Rick…Do I know what cockroach means or is?

    Racist lets see,….prejudging someone on the basis on who their skin color (white nor black is a “color” …fact!)
    or on the basis of the ethnic orgin.

    How about the using terms such as cockroach, to indicate their actions and their intentions….how about synomomous with parasites…

    People who suck things up, who destroy without consideration for whom they harm….do you know what any of this is about? Much more than just name calling….more like calling them on their actions, resembling cock-a-roaches and para-sites…

    Could you pass this along?
    Support Arizona Buycott
    347-677-1563 call in 5-6 est. 2-3 Arizona time.
    Ex-CONservative, having served life in the penitentiary…albeit on the installment plan…no one has my perspective….How could anyone understand evil, unless you lived through it….

  5. says

    All racism is so sad. People aren’t cockroaches. Real cockroaches would laugh at the stupidity. The real question is, can the good people of North America rise above racism and learn to share the territory in peace and prosperity, or will we repeat the mistakes of the Old World and fill it with graveyards? When it comes to the U.S. and Mexico, the only real problem is the totally corrupt Mexican govt. that ruins Mexico and defaces the New World and drives good Mexicans over the border looking for honest work, only to be crushed between the two incompatible elephantine systems. Instead of accepting its existence, why not work to dissolve it along with the border and incorporate Mexico into the U.S. so that we can finally all work on the same team as well as map? Find out how it might be done at

  6. annieR says

    The people of Arizona and other border states (and ALL the states) should be screaming in the streets for control of the thousands of gun shops along the border. Without the free flow of these weapons, many of them automatic weapons, the drug trade would be crippled, and the violence would decrease. However, I’m not hearing a single supporter of 1070 call for control of these weapons. There’s too much money in the guns and the drugs.

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