I think this is an excellent idea.
TUCSON, Arizona (Reuters) – A long-simmering movement by liberal stalwarts in southern Arizona to break away from the rest of the largely conservative state is at a boiling point as secession backers press to bring their longshot ambition to the forefront of Arizona politics.
A group of lawyers from the Democratic stronghold of Tucson and surrounding Pima County have launched a petition drive seeking support for a November 2012 ballot question on whether the 48th state should be divided in two.
The ultimate goal of the newly formed political action committee Start our State is to split Pima County off into what would become the nation’s 51st state, tentatively dubbed Baja Arizona.
They oppose Governor Jan Brewer’s crackdown on illegal immigration and would like to distance themselves from the rest of Arizona, which is considerably more conservative. I don’t think they are going far enough. Why not secede from the United States altogether and join with Mexico?