Arizona immigrants’ rights activists urge a boycott of Budweiser Light Beer and Budweiser Hensley, which distributes Bud Light in Phoenix, Arizona, especially during the Super Bowl. The activists have called for a national boycott against the state of Arizona because of the passage of SB 1070, likely the toughest anti-immigrant law in history. Following passage of SB 1070 in 2010, activists pursued ways to bring their cause to the attention of the public. SB 1070 criminalizes presence in Arizona without immigration documents and requires law enforcement to detain all persons suspected of being undocumented. The law criminalizes the transportation and housing of a friend, client or even church member by a citizen. By fiat, SB 1070 requires every person of color to carry proof of legal presence or risk being detained. Under federal law, presence without documentation is an administrative, not criminal, violation.
Budweiser Hensley distributes most of the Budweiser products in Phoenix, Arizona and sells Bud Light mostly to Hispanics. Activists say the owners of Budweiser Hensley support candidates who aggressively legislate against Hispanics.
The US Justice Department filed suit against the state of Arizona in an attempt to defeat SB 1070, claiming Arizona is setting national immigration policy. Judge Susan Bolton enjoined portions of SB 1070 pending the outcome of expensive litigation.
Not all activists support the boycott, since Hispanics are often the victims of the boycotts, and not all Bud Light is distributed by Budweiser Hensley. Bud Light is not distributed by Budweiser Hensley in Tucson, for example.