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

    Perhaps we all could be encoded with a microchip. That way the police could instantly scan us and determine our immigration status. Perhaps our financial information could also be put on the chip and that way one simple scan could tell the police everything about us. They could also track our movements to make sure we don't break any laws.
    Wake up! When you can be stopped for any reason and asked to produce papers you have lost one of your basic freedoms. If you want illegal immigration to stop then stop hiring illegal immigrants. There is little point in going to a country if you cannot earn a living.
    Until then my vacation to Arizona has been cancelled and that is one state I will take off my vacation list.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. Interesting

    All you idiots screaming racism ... just so you know...Illegal is NOT a race....hahahha the jokes on you.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. Texasman

    I want to start off that I do support the Arizona law. They are only doing what the federal government should be doing. If you think that this is a new bill that will all of a sudden start racial profiling by police then you have lived under a rock. As far as all the people living in NY that want to comment and say how this is so wrong then please take your happy butt from the city and come live on the boarder with us. I bet in a matter of months you will be a card carrying supporter of the law. I do not want to stop Mexicans from immigrating I just want them to do it legally. One last thing if a person is so proud of Mexico and wants to fly the flag and speak the language then go back to Mexico. This is America and are flag is RED, WHITE, and BLUE and we speak English.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. Terry

    Just proudly booked my family vacation to Arizona. Looking forward to spending time in a state that has chosen to protect American citizens and its borders. interestingly enough I doubt if the President will be visiting the state any time soon. His public position will be that the state does not represent his views n diversity. But in reality with his very cloudy citizenship status his freedom could be at risk in the progressive state.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  6. Julio

    What do you call your decision LA.? I call it discrimination and racism against a particular class of human beings.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  7. Amercan Pride

    Everyone that is in the united states should have to carry their ID which is a law. The federal governent already makes it so you have to bring your birthcertificate to get a drivers license or ID card And for anyone above the age of 18 should be required to have there ID on them at all times. That way it will catch all ilegals and if anyone bothered to read the news they would see the mexican drug cartels are taking over mexico borders kiddnapping people forcing them to smuggle drugs for them and killing them so the person who said that mexico is not as dangerous as other countries with illegals in america youve been smoking to much grass if you want our america ideals and freedoms than come to our country through the proper and legal channels and study english take citizenship classes and become an american citizen

    May 13, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  8. Andy

    I support Arizona in its decision. Obviously the people of Arizona support it too. I'm tired of all the special interest groups dictating what the rest of us should be thinking. The white amercian people are finally standing up for their rights.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  9. misterjack

    I agree with the Arizona law, but why does CA have any contracts with companies who have headquarters outside of the State. I'm sure that whatever the AZ companies are hired to do, there are companies in CA that can do the same thing.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  10. America the home fo the immigrant

    Guess people have forgotten that the country is founded ,built and sustained by immigrants. E

    May 13, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  11. Tonya

    I live in Kansas, where illegal immigrants flood in for the ag/livestock industry. We have no problem with the workers who follow the rules, pay their taxes, and want to be good citizens. But the old saying of "one bad apple spoils the whole bushel" applies here. The majority of the arrests, the crimes, the problem kids in schools, seem to be the illegal immigrants. Their beliefs that we owe them everything because they are here for us is, well, to say wrong is to easy. Someone has to start the motion of making this country one that we are proud of. My background is Native American, so what does that say about me supporting the AZ law? It says I'm more than ready to see a country that has a past of take-overs by other cultures stop the chain. All they are asking for is to be here legally. All new passages are hard; the first step is the hardest.

    California doesn't see the big picture. If AZ has the highest crime and murder rates, then they need to support them in their actions to clean up their state.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  12. Texasman

    Yes America is the home for the immigrant. The LEGAL immigrant!

    May 13, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  13. Pako

    I love the way all these illegal aliens are protesting in a country they legally don't have rights in. Why don't they start their protesting at home and start a revolution against everything that caused them to leave in the first place. The cartels can't buy enough bullets to kills 20,000,000 protesters. Viva la revolution.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  14. indpendent, but not right wing

    If I was going to boycott AZ, it would be over thier marijuana policies, not this BS about ILLEGAL immigrants, and their ethnocentric supporters.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  15. Sad_to_be_Californian

    Good to see california governments sticking their noses in other States business before they go broke because they can't do their owb jobs

    May 13, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
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