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. Tom

    This just in...Arizona's city council bans the LA Lakers from entering Arizona for Monday's NBA playoff game. Players association agrees with decision.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. Give me a Break

    The fact is if you are Irish, Russian, French or even from the Islands and you are here illegally then you will not be stopped basically because of the way you look. Which means that it will be the Latino people who will be stopped all the time. If Arizona cannot find a way to stop all illegal immigrants and question them then they have to see that the current law will profile just one race of people and we all know that is true. And the means this law does enforce (RACIAL PROFILING) umm DUH. Is it really that difficult to see?

    May 13, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. Josh

    I commend the cities of California for standing up against openly racist legislation and for those of you who are advocating this law what you are supporting is a bigger intrusion of government in your lives b/c last i checked America was founded on the backs of immigrants. This is such a dangerous thin line that was crossed with this legislation b/c this opens the door for the over turning of major Civil Rights legislation, but the truth about who's really supports this law will come out in November and my money is on the fact that the majority people of the state didn't want this but the minority of right wing conservatives wanted this

    May 13, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. fed up

    i ageree we all have to carry some sort of papers proving who we are where we live. so whats the difference? and as far as LA boycotting AZ how stupid are the people there, they are passing judgment on what someone thinks is the right thing, the people of cali didnt vote her in the people of AZ did, so why does cali always stick their nose in other peoples affairs, they are more screwed up than anyone, just my opinon. we should protect our borders and regulate who can come here and live here, if yall dont like it then move i look up to the AZ governor.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. guest123

    People WAKE UP. "THE MAN" is trying to pull a fast one over you. This bill was created by special interest – Businesses. This law should be putting the emphasis on Business to verify potential employees status.. But no.. this is putting the burden on tax payers. Anyone who supports this bill is asking for a bigger local government and higher local Taxes.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. Texasman

    Give me a Break: And the means this law does enforce (RACIAL PROFILING) umm DUH. Is it really that difficult to see?

    Do you think this is a new thing? Like the bill is going to start this? Do you think people need a law to make them profile people? I bet you do it every day maybe not with race but think about it you do it.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. James Floyd

    First, banning business with another state is crazy. After California has laws that don't match the thought process of others but they don't boycott California. But what is really more disturbing about the actions of California officials is banning travel to Arizon. Come on who are they to tell people they cannot travel to another US State. Next thing you know California will ban travel to other States that don't have the same thoughts as they do. How crazy is this – land of the free just not in California I guess. Sounds to me a little like invasion of a persons rights.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. trixie

    I'm moving to Arizona!!! I don't have a problem with people coming to this country LEGALLY. Everyone should have to jump through the hoops, not sneak in across the border and then get indignant when asked about their citizen status. They do not have the rights that an American citizen has. Not until they are a citizen or legal resident. Wonder how many of these bleeding heart liberals would feel the same if they were a victim of a crime by an illegal.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. josey

    for all unpatriotic us citizens – put your own money where your big mouth is – want the illegal aliens to stay? then how many are you sponsoring? otherwise shutup. i want my tax dollars going to our military veterans-jobs,housing,food,the best health care possible-better than what congress gives themselves.illegal aliens-of all races,colors,creeds are draining all us citizens of precious resourses,so again you ignorant bleeding hearts how many illegal aliens are you sponsoring? let's boycott businesses that hire illegal aliens.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  10. Brendan

    do you guys not realize, we are all required to carry ID, may it be a drivers license or a state issues ID card.. we have to then present it to police officers when we break the law, this law enforces this and gives the police in AZ the right to arrest illegal aliens.

    I will boycott any state that is trying to force AZ to change something that 72% of the legal citizens of AZ voted for. Cali should really worry about its own backyard as they are bankrupt and losing more and more business a day.

    No state has the right to force another state to change a state law.. boycotting business only hurt small business everywhere...

    people wake up.. check your wallet, you are carrying the same ID that the new law is enforcing..

    May 13, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. Immigrant

    I have a solution, lets have all immigrants be tagged with RFIDs that way the police can just scan them in order to determine citizenship.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff

    Los Angeles is liberal...look what the liberals try to do...they're telling you where you can and cannot travel. Glad I'm not living there.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  13. Nick

    Oh no, not Los Angeles! What is Arizona ever going to do without their 50 million dollars? Hahahaha. What a dog and pony show this whole topic is turning into, as per usual in American politics. There is outcry against it because it's actually going to WORK. Illegals are crapping themselves right now, wondering if today is the day they get caught with no legal ID to show.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  14. OState

    I wonder what everyone will say if the AZ law actaully works. It would be the untimate irony if all the illegals were displaced to California; they seem to have it coming. Then California would pass a bill just like this one, present it in a different way and act like they always agreed with AZ. Cheers

    May 13, 2010 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  15. MrRed1968

    Im British and totally agree with this.I wish the British Government had the guts to do something like this cause we are over run with people who should not be here.Its not racist,its not profiling its protecting the rights of citizens who seem to be forgotten on here by some people.The ones who are against this we should be worried about also.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
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