May 12th, 2010
11:01 PM ET

Los Angeles passes Arizona boycott over immigration law

The Los Angeles City Council overwhelmingly approved a boycott of Arizona-based businesses and governments Wednesday unless the state repeals a new law giving police the power to question a detainee's immigration status.

Several other California cities, including San Francisco and Oakland, have already adopted resolutions requesting city departments to not sign any new contracts with Arizona companies.

The Arizona law requires immigrants to carry their registration documents at all times and allows police to question individuals' immigration status in the process of enforcing any other law or ordinance.

The Los Angeles resolution passed Wednesday said Arizona's new immigration law "encourages racial profiling and violates Fourteenth Amendment guarantees of due process and equal protection for U.S. citizens, legal residents and visitors who are detained for suspicion of being in the country unlawfully."

The city's legislative analyst reported that Los Angeles currently has $56 million in contracts with companies headquartered in Arizona.

The city's Harbor Department, which has $26 million of such contracts, is opposing the resolution, the report said. This includes money for the "Clean Truck Program," it said.

"The Harbor does not recommend rescinding this incentive program due to adverse effects this action would have on the environment and public health," the analyst wrote.

The resolution also prohibits city employees from traveling to Arizona "unless special circumstances can be demonstrated" that canceling a trip would "harm city interests."

The National Council of La Raza announced a boycott last week against Arizona's $18.6 billion tourism industry because of the new law, and called on other groups to join. Nearly 30 organizations have come on board, including the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network, People for the American Way, the Japanese American Citizens League and the Service Employees International Union.

Critics of the law say it will lead to racial profiling, while supporters say it involves no racial profiling and is needed to crack down on increasing crime involving illegal immigrants.

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  1. Aminal

    Everyone should boycott the cities in California more than Arizona. this lady is the first person that is sticking up to the laws of this great country and if it's profiling so it be. We are not the United States of Mexico. We have laws and a process for coming to this great country. Abide or leave. Go ARIZONA.

    May 13, 2010 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cris

    What part of "breaking the law" do you bleeding heart idiots not understand? If you break the law you should be arrested. Should drunk drivers not be arrested? DUI isn't a felony so why enforce the law? Speeding? Shoplifting? Expired tag? Suspended DL? Why enforce any misdemeanor? These kind of ideas have wrecked California and the US. California is broke. Maybe you should try to be more like Arizona.

    May 13, 2010 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. guest123

    All those in favor of this law are blinded by "the right media" . The law should punish the businesses that hire illegal immigrates. If you really want to stop illegal immigration then go after the incentives that bring him here in the first place- illegal JOBS!!!.. No JOBS = no illegal immigration plain and simple. It's a shame that Arizona had a great opportunity to show the rest of America how to do this right, but once again law makers backed down due to pressure brought on by businesses large and small. Put the emphasis (and cost) on businesses that hire illegal immigrants and not on the tax payers. Racial profiling is plain wrong !!

    May 13, 2010 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sandy

    Those who do not respect the USA enought to carry ID on them don't deserve citizenship.

    May 13, 2010 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. Sarah

    Hey, all illegals, MOVE TO LA!

    May 13, 2010 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jonsie

    I would like to see the City of Houston try to tell me what states I can and cannot travel to. As far as I know, for now, this is still a free country with no rules for crossing state lines! Typical California!!

    May 13, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. GG

    I am so tired of hearing how it is unfair for these people to have to show papers. I have to have a driver's license and insurance and produce these if I am asked for them. If these people do not have to do this then everyone in the United States will ask "why should I have to." The uninsured motorist part of insurance is there for them? That is unfair. And then we could get into why I have to pay so much for my health insurance. This whole situation is unfair for all Americans who have to follow the rules and carry the burden of cost so immigrants can live here.

    May 13, 2010 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. IvyRose

    Leave it to the goofy Californians. California is bankrupt because of all the illegal immigrants sucking their system dry, or maybe they haven't figured that out yet.

    May 13, 2010 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. Greg

    Good for Los Angeles! Arizona's new laws are nothing but overt racism that are embarrassments to rational white people, and a betrayal of the principles of fairness and equality that so many have struggled for and that now the vast majority of Americans hold dear. I'm glad these cities are taking a stand for justice!

    May 13, 2010 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. Laura

    Wow how incredibly racist. I was going to buy some properties in California, but now I"m going with Arizona. All the way

    May 13, 2010 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  11. melvin polatnick

    The nation can survive very well if law enforcement officers were prohibited from stopping and searching a pedestrian. Most of the searches are done only for the purposes of finding illegal drugs, those searches could be handled on the property of the suspect with a court issued warrant. The stopping and frisking of illegal immigrants for ID is wrong when it can be done in their place of employment. Public areas are sacred and being told to freeze and having to put the hands against a wall should be unlawful. It is true that police powers would be limited and criminals harder to catch if the powers of search and seizure were directed only to those on private property, but making a cop work harder to make a bust makes life easier for everybody.

    May 13, 2010 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. NO MORE ILLEGALS

    What a sad state! When politicians start actions such as these it will only further divide the country. The funny thing is the majority of the people are with Arizona. If they want to play the boycott game I can play too. I won't buy anything from L.A. or California. I will help sink their economy.

    If they want to grow up I will act normal as well.

    May 13, 2010 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  13. Teejay Christopher

    Why punish the busineses when they do not conrtol the government. If you want to boycot something then boycot the ones who make the law not the businessman trying to make a living. Alot of good companies are in the middle of this and who is that helping? I will continue to support the companies in Arizona who I do business with as they are not making these laws. Who elected this governor anyway?

    May 13, 2010 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  14. Good for you, LA!

    Fritz, you're a dumkopf. Illegal aliens also look very Irish, among other things. My sister's brother in law was here illegally for 15 years before INS caught him. He's Scottish, for the record.

    Illegal aliens look like people of all races. Trust a German to support racial profiling. Heil Der Reich!

    May 13, 2010 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  15. Rat

    The New Colossus
    Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
    With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
    Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
    A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
    Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
    Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
    Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
    The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
    "Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
    With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
    Emma Lazarus

    May 13, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
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