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. pam

    I am a Canadian that is working legally in Arizona. It is ridiculous that I should have to carry my passport and papers with me at ALL times. Imagine if you as an American are visiting Canada or any other country and you were required to do the same thing? When you travel, do you carry your passport with you everywhere? Unfortunately for Americans, I think the rest of the world will start making it difficult for them to visit their countries as well in retaliation of such measures. It is sad when you base your laws on the lowest common denominator of society. Looking forward to heading back to Canada next month.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. james jones

    I think keeping people from LA and California in general away from others is a good idea. They are an idiot plague that should be contained! As far as Arizona, how dare people stand up for those legal Americans by providing equal rights for those Americans and not those illegal immigrants. Those illegals should be allowed to cause me as the general taxpayer to have less access to jobs, pay for school and health care, while they enjoy the support of our government. Those illegals cost more per year than all the wars in history combined. Stop griping about wars and think about where we are throwing away money at home. Way to go Arizona for standing up to this!!

    May 13, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. Quinne

    My god ... half you people are morons, and I'm talking about those who support the AZ law and have the audacity to call everyone else morons. Sheesh. Makes me wonder where this country is going with so many sheeple ...

    The problem with the AZ law isn't that it targets illegals. The problem is, it opens the door to targeting US citizens, who may "appear" to be illegal immigrants by authorities. That is, people who are of Hispanic origin.

    Got it? It's not an issue of allowing illegals in the country or not. The issue is the how, without negatively impacting the rights of US citizens. That's what the immigration argument has always been about.

    If you are a US citizen, you do NOT have to carry an ID around when in the US, unless you're doing an activity that requires an ID (i.e. driving a car, operating heavy machinery, etc).

    Half the arguments here seem to be requiring US citizens to walk around with ID"s. Problem is, that won't even work, given the AZ law. You need to have a valid US passport. Well, my daughters don't have passports. Do your kids? Do your parents? What happens when you loose your wallet? Heaven forbid, if you find yourself in AZ, and encounter a police officer with a bad day who thinks for a brief second you may not be a US citizen.

    So, if you're going to call others morons or get all worked up about immigration, while using the AZ law within the context of your arguments, please have the decency to truly study and understand how the law works within the framework of your argument. Too often, I see people arguing their feelings based on complete ignorance.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  4. Marsha

    I live in Southern California. We now avoid going into downtown L.A. because it has turned into a 3rd world country. The government of L.A., the Catholic church of L.A. would rather put illegal immigrants before any American citizen. Heaven forbid that an American citizen's rights should be honored..not in L.A. Everyone I know wants a law like AZ has just passed. It will never happen here, and we will continue to drown continuing to pay and pay and pay what the feds say CA has to pay for illegals..medical, education, welfare etc etc etc CA is lost, I'm glad AZ is doing something pro-active to help its citizens...maybe vacationing here or even moving there is an option for those of us who are disgusted with CA.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. carolina

    According to Edmonton and Smith in The New Americans: Economic, Demographic, and Fiscal Effects of Immigration, "it is difficult to draw any strong conclusions on the association between immigration and crime".[58] Cities with large immigrant populations showed larger reductions in property and violent crime than cities without large immigrant populations.[113] Los Angeles, which has the largest illegal immigrant population in the U.S., has steadily seen its crimes rates drop throughout this decade and the last while its illegal immigrant population has continued to grow.[114] Almost all of what is known about immigration and crime is from information on those in prison. Incarceration rates do not necessarily reflect differences in current crime rates

    May 13, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. No Jefe

    I wonder if California is going to stand by their conviction and remove the boarder patrol stations on highway 8 and I10 at their boarders. I mean, that's where the illegals are headed so they should be welcomed with open arms. Right? Don't be hypocritical California.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. Sam

    Can Arizona keep their electricity too?

    May 13, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  8. gp

    You idiots, whites do have to carry identification!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  9. No One Particular

    Maybe we should ban California because of Proposition 8?

    May 13, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  10. pat

    just goes to show you the absolute stupidity of the los angeles population. what do you expect from the "northern terrritory of Mexico" I'm a californian (not proud of it) and I support Arizona one-hundred percent! I'll be leaving this ridiculus state as soon as possible. Then they will see what happens when there are no more wage earners in CA to pay all of the "illeagal benefits".

    May 13, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  11. avp0713

    I saw a man today that looked like an illegal African. How did I know he looked illegal? Not really sure, but he was dressed differently; very colorful clothing, spoke with an accent and uh...well, IDK... he just looked like ..... suspect or something.... I called the cops....

    BTW: I also saw another man that looked like an illegal Irishman.... he also spoke with a strange accent and was dressed shabbily and was panhandling on the subway....

    BTW: I too saw a Chinese guy... well, not really sure if he was Chinese, but he had squinty eyes, and he kinda waddled when he walked and he was wearing sandals... so weird! He was probably illegal.

    Oh and Ii also saw a guy with a cowboy hat and cowboy boots and a western type belt on... looked weird as hell here in NYC... talked with a strange accent too... he should be checked.

    Lets just farkin check everyperson that we don't feel comfortable around. Okay? Arizona? Is that ok with you?

    May 13, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |

    Sorry Indigenous does not count. Since when does Indigenous get a free pass. Sorry this is a country with LAWS. Indigenous or not they have to enter the United States the proper way. If you have not done so then you ARE ILLEGAL!!

    You can be indigenous once you enter the US the proper way!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  13. J

    Driver license alone will not prove citizenship. You need at least social security card + drive license, or birth certificate or passport. I agree that people should carry their ID around at all times, but SS card and passport?

    How many of you actually carry your social security card or passport around?

    May 13, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  14. GG


    If the illegal people did not look of mexican decent your argument would have a basis, but they do look like it because they are from there. So it only makes sense to target this group, Duh.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  15. Rod Donovan

    Yes, our country was founded by immigrants. That was over 200 yrs. ago. We don't need anymore immigration. We need to put our people back to work. Those on welfare can go pick cotton, Yeah Bro! That means you. Tu tambien Pancho, ponte a jalar. Yes, Kenny the drug dealer, you can reach the apples on those trees. And the rest of you stupid people need to cross the river into Mexico. You are just too ignorant to be here. I don't want you here. This country sure doesn't want you here. This is my country, and I'm not giving it up to anybody. Oh, while on your way to Mexico, please take California, New York, and Florida with you. We can do without the ignorant, greedy, and feeble minded. Enjoy!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
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