Arizona-Type Illegal Immigration Law Should Do Wonders for Tourism

State Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, and state Rep. Joe Carr, R-Lascassas, have a bill for next session to establish an Arizona-type anti-illegal immigration law in Tennessee. It would allow police to detain any individual they suspect of being an illegal alien.

Many of the new members of the Legislature ran on a platform to stop illegal immigration in Tennessee and the bill may find a great deal of support.

Arizona estimates the law there, which is in court and on hold, cost the state about $141 million in convention business over a seven-month period due to a nationwide boycott and the cancellation of concerts. Nashville is building a new convention center and tourism is a major driver of the Tennessee economy—especially the Smoky Mountains and Sevier County tourism destinations like Dollywood.

The state is also investing millions to help German company Volkswagen in Chattanooga and last year provided funds to move Japan's Nissan auto company headquarters to the Nashville suburbs.

Perhaps the bill will provide an exception for German- or Japanese-looking car executives.