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. Samantha

    I must say, despite the fact that I am very liberal in my politics, I support this law. The issue of Illegal immigrants in America does need to be addressed. People who are in this country illegally should be found and deported, and it is WRONG that they are allowed to stay here with all the rights of a citizen without having any of the responsibilities. I understand that Arizona looks racist for passing this law, and this is ultimately because they targeted a specific group of illegal immigrants, but honestly, every illegal immigrant in this country should be kicked out, no matter what their race. There are reasons for laws, and the law is against illegal immigrants.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. United!

    Denis Sanchez--
    WE are all immigrants yes..BUT we are here as US citizens...LEGALLY!!! we are NOT illegal as these mexicans coming across our borders, stealing our jobs, selling drugs, taking our money and sending home to buy farms, and equipment. Also, some of the land in the US was PURCHASED from the Indians in the 1700's...so um..try again!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. avp0713

    GG

    I appear to be Hispanic and I don't want to be stopped everyday but some idiot two-bit cop that is on a donut and coffee high. I have business to conduct more important than showing all types of paperwork each morning on my way to work.

    haven't you heard of the 4th amendment?

    May 13, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. Pita

    What a crock of crap. Boycott Arizona, why they are doing what a lot of others don't have the stones to do. Kudos to the Governor of AZ>

    May 13, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. thetruth

    Mexicans are the reason Los Angeles and California are near bankruptcy. Illegal Mexicans have applied for ARM loans and purchased homes in California! All of them defaulted.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. thetruth

    Mexicans are the reason Los Angeles County Hospitals are bankrupt.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. Amber

    Boycotting a state based on it's policies is just plain stupid, and even if you ARE going to participate in it, there are other states that deserve it far more than Arizona (I mean, really, all they are they are trying to do is give their law enforcement the ability to enforce immigration laws.They are called ILLEGAL immigrants for a reason). Look at Oklahoma, where a doctor has the right not to inform a mother that her fetus has defects, and he is protected from malpractice suits for not doing so.

    I am so sick of people comparing this to Nazi Germany, because the the Jews WERE NOT COLLECTIVELY BREAKING THE LAW. Also, people comparing any policy to the Nazis (which people do way too often) undermines the gravity of the Holocaust.

    Just to reinforce my main point here: Arizona's Law is NOT the Holocaust.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  8. JLP

    i think this law is really recist, could u have to look a certain way to carry your papers is not only talking about mexicans here, im spanish and im a us citizen so does that mean i have to carry all of my papers jst because i look a certain way....

    this is wrong and now they are banning ethnic studies classes of other racial groups. This is jst wrong.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. Bill

    America needs to start enforcing it's immigration laws just like every other country on the planet. I propose that America adopt the exact same immigration laws as Mexico has.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. thetruth

    Illegal Mexicans are the reason why the crime rate in Los Angeles is HIGH! Tons of illegal trade... Tons of violence... Tons of drugs... Tons of gangs made of illegal Mexicans... etc

    May 13, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. Tony

    Jim,

    You're an idiot!!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  12. Texasman

    I am so sick of this all you people who think this is such a bad law pack up and come live on the boarder with us. Seriously shut up and come on down.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. Amber3

    This isn't just about carrying your ID with you, it's about carrying ID that proves that you're a US citizen with you. Your driver's license or social security card won't do that. How many people carry their birth certificates or passports with them on a daily basis? Do you realize how many thousands of US citizens could be detained and arrested becaus they don't have proof of citizenship on them? When you travel to another US state do you bring your passport with you? When you leave home to go to work do you take it with you? If someone stoppd you on the street today and said prove to me that you're a US citizen or you'll be arrested, could you do it what with you normally carry in your wallet? Arizona has every right to go after illegal immigrants, but this law is entirely the wrong way to do it.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  14. Chris

    Will Los Angeles boycott Chinese products as well? China imprisons and executes suspected criminals and murders infant girls. Surely that deserves a boycott if tough immigration laws do.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  15. Frank

    I agree with Fritz, get your papers the right way or face prosecution!

    L.A. is so massively under debt, it will be good for them to cancel contracts. They need to stop bending over backwards for illegals or the whole state will default on its debt and they will face the same consequences Greece is right now.

    Face it, we cannot afford to be giving things out right now! If you are mexican and you want to come here and work hard, you need to get a green card and pay taxes, otherwise GTFO!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
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