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. GG

    TO avp0713

    Then you should be all for getting these illegal people out of here, because as I see it, and I am not alone, this is the only way we are going to be able to do anything about it. I will carry every paper I am asked to, and I have some characteristics of being foreign, just to get this under control. By the way, you are lucky to have a business. Does insurance for your employees cost a lot? If it does it may be cause of the people in the country using our medical facilities who have none.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. U-S-A

    its not an attack against mexicans!arizona, california, texas-they cannot help it if geographically, mexico is their neighbors!this is not a violation against anybodys rights.this is nothing new!the only difference is Arizona is enforcing the law that our governement refuses to do!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. GG

    To Amber 3:

    If was asked to carry those things, then I would and be proud to show them. Wouldn't you?

    May 13, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sarah

    Put it to a vote. In LA, in AZ, in the USA and see what American citizens really want!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  5. indy1125

    Anyone who is here legally should not be afraid of Ariz. SB 1070. California should be adopting a similiar bill. California is broke and providing FREE health and social services to illegals. Get your head out of your azz people. Come here legally or go back home. I hope Americans boycott California or any other state who would boycott Arizona for SB 1070.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. jennifer jo

    the AZ law is NOT about giving the cops the authority to ask for ID ... The law allows police to demand proof of citizenship from anyone who looks non-american (non-white) ... obviously racial profiling !

    but of course, to the average mc donald's eating white person out there, this law is just a-ok!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • wayne a

      jennifer jo,its obvious you have not read the law! they can not stop someone because they are hispanic.first they have to have a primary reason for a stop such as running a red light or speeding then if they have reason to believe they are illegal they will ask for proof.most of the time but not always a drivers licenses is enough proof.so what is the difference in this and what we do everytime we are stopped we are stopped?

      May 17, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. U-S-A

    PAM-we are all looking forward to you heading back to Canada as well.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  8. Aubrey K.

    Don't boycott CA – our political representatives do not speak for us!! They do whatever they want, regardless of how we vote. Our politicians are shady and find illegal ways to tax us and go against the will of the people. The people here are behind Arizona 100%!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  9. GG

    Jennifer jo:

    What is the matter don't you have your papers?

    May 13, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dee

    I understand Arizona's situation and I do not support illegal immigration. When my family came to this country it was through legal channels and by paying costly administrative fees. And since coming here over 20 years ago, we have always worked and paid our TAXES that help support government programs and schools in this country. In that regard I do not think that it is right that people come to this country and are essentially tax free–they take from the system, but do not add anything back to it. However, I do not think that Arizona should have implemented this law, in this fashion, without thinking about the implementation of procedures, training law enforcement BEFORE signing laws or even reaching out to the leaders of the hispanic communities. In my opinion, a phased approach would have been better.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  11. Paul

    I will definitely travel to AZ.....

    May 13, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  12. Frances Kogen

    Drugs and cheap labor.
    Supply and demand
    Government or vigilante
    Someone or thing has got to do it. Can't have it both ways.
    Figure it out for yourself. The answer is not easy but it's obvious.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  13. Hugo

    ALL Immigrants (legal that is) are required to carry their green cards at all times. No Arizona law needed for that.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  14. Matt

    Wow... there are a lot of ignorant, racist people out there.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • wayne a

      matt you're one of them!

      May 17, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. joan

    Ok this whole thing is out of hand, this is The United states of America, we have a process to become a citizen, we need to use it!!! Earlier this week an American citizen was run down on his motorcycle by an illegal allien in Alexandria, Louisiana. The allien had no drivers license? Wake up America!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
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