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. Minnesotan, and st. paul sucks.

    Way to go Arizona, hold your ground. If you don't the people can and will take the law into there own hands to defend there property and there families. Finally a government that listens to its CITIZENS. Read the bill people, stop being ignorant. Stop buring your head in the sand. Wake up and realize the problem with illegal immigrants flooding into the coutry. Remember, these are not refugees fleeing a war or persecution from there country. I say again wake up, smell the coffee, get over your self and think of YOUR COUNTRY. It's not about you, it's not about them, it's about the country and it's laws. St. Paul, MN if your going to boycott Arizona, then I'll boycott you. Same goes for L.A. If L.A. wants them, let them have them, and feed them, and care for them, and cloth them, and cure them, and house them. No of course not, L.A. doesn't want them any more than anyone else, they just have to make a statement, because there from California and don't you know, everyone in california is smarter than everyone else. Lets bow to California for enlighting us all. Praise be to California and it's wisdom.

    WAKE UP MORONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Donkey

      As a Minnesotan I and most of the general public in the area are sick of the illeagals here to. We are proud of Arizona for finally stepping to the plate and putting their foot down,

      May 25, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. cagran

    CALL UPON EVERYONE TO BOYCOTT LOS ANGELES!

    STOP GOING TO HOLLYWOOD MOVIES!
    STOP RENTING HOLLYWOOD DVDS FROM NETFLIX.
    STOP BUYING CALIFORNIA MUSIC CDs!
    STOP BUYING LOS ANGELES CLOTHING!
    STOP BUYING CALIFORNIA PRODUCE!
    STOP VACATIONING IN CALIFORNIA!
    STOP BOOKING CONFERENCES AND CONVENTIONS IN LOS ANGELES AND SAN FRANCISCO!
    STOP BUYING WINE FROM CALIFORNIA VINEYARDS!
    STOP BUYING CUT FLOWERS SHIPPED FROM CALIFORNIA!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. Marty

    Ok, but didn't the mayor recently return from China? Gotta love em!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. Tasha Fierce

    Man, the only moron up in here is you. And you appear to be awake, so good job.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. Hubert

    There are many other City Councils across the country jumping on the bandwagon getting ready to pass resolutions prohibiting city employees from going to do business in Arizona unless the immigration law is repealed. Some fear their employees could be profiled while in that state simply because they are Hispanic which is a very REAL possibility! And why should they have to carry papers, being American citizens! And why arent' they doing that to illegals from other countries also who are far more dangerous than those from Mexico? I Commend City Councils across the nation that are aggressively fighting this bad law! Arizona has got to learn that passing laws like theirs that is hurtful towards others who are innocent have dire consequences. The Boycotts about to take place are Right On the MONEY (touche')! Bravo for the boycotts against this insensitive state!

    I hope Arizona quickly learns its lesson that racial profiling, no matter how it's colored or presented as not being, will not be tolerated by many of its own citizens as well as those of other states who are now joining the boycotts. That's the only way Arizona is ever going to learn to keep their hands off innocent people who simply look the part but who are not illegals. If this law was to stay, it would do irreparable harm to the many who are citizens born in Arizona but who would be profiled along with illegals. That is the big problem here and why so many including City Councils, Mayors, Policemen, and many others on the Federal level are asking for its repeal or a way to block this law .

    In the end, no one can blame anyone else but Arizona for the great loss of business and $$$ INCOME $$$ they are about to lose. But, you have to remember that they brought it all on themselves.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Wayne

      Arizona is not the only state considering legislation like this... others include Michigan, Oklahoma, Colorado, South Carolina, Idaho, Utah, Missouri, Texas, North Carolina, Maryland, and Minnesota.

      May 17, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • TammyB

      You realize, Hubert, that California has a law just like Arizona's except they don't enforce it. You realize, don't you Hubert, that the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT has laws just like Arizona's except they don't enforce it. Arizona's law actually has amendments three times listed within the law that addresses racial profiling and prohibits it, that the Federal Law doesn't even address. City Councils can boycott all they want, but so can we here in Arizona. Hope LA can do without power or water if Arizona decides to boycott LA!

      May 20, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Myrtle

    Hey! LA boycotting Arizona. So does the City Council of LA thinks that all of us should pay for illegal
    people should be here legally and that illegals have rights. Not! illegall immigrants do not have rights and are here against the law. The state of Arizona wants to enforce the law that is already in existance!. Let us boycott any travel or business with the city of LA and that includes movies and any business unless they back down with their dumb boycott.

    Blog Blog! and boycott the City of LA ;until they backdown with their boycott.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
    • CapnTreee

      Well stated...

      May 17, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • tuna74

      I'm a Democrat I voted for obama.
      What LA does not realize is that we have had it with the dem's giving away our money to get more latino votes
      There are 320 million American's in this country that are tired of being abused So come november just you watch.
      There's going to be ALOT less democrats including me.
      Arizona Hang in Just watch all the other states follow your lead.
      Then we will see if LA wants to Boycott 49 states.

      May 17, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ray in PV

    ...and by the way, I mention Germans because Fritz is German.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. bradms3

    This law influences me to bring my money and tourism to arizona. I hope my state (TX) enacts the same law!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  9. Bob

    SUPPORT ARIZONA.

    List of Arizona companies:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Arizona_companies

    Travel to Arizona and spend your money there.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  10. gobuyanisland

    It's completly amazing that California votes to hurt American citizens and stick up for the criminals. They will bankrupt some of the smaller companies and hurt law-abiding citizens in Arizona to be stylish with the liberals. California should do an all or nothing boycott not just killing the small businesses for political news – but go ahead and build their own power plant to supply their electric grid, get their own water, house their own prisoner and become free from Arizona all together.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. Fabrice

    Let's see.....the LA Riots.......most people looting......looked like illegals to me. Now everyone wants to boycott Arizona because they are deporting these people and making it safe for the states residents. Americans....stick this up your ignorant heads......these illegals and liberals do not like ANY law that bans illegals from coming here....profiling or not. Their main objective is to tear down the border and allow anyone to come in any way they want and for them to have everything free so tax payers can pay for them. They will not be satisfied even if you change that law. Fight it .... it is your future or death!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  12. DudeNC

    I agree with Arizona! We need every state to be a police state! Lets go DOOR TO DOOR AND BUST THESE FOOLS OUT OF THE COUNTRY. EVERY SINGLE PERSON NEEDS TO CARRY THEIR BIRTH CERTIFICATE, EVERY LEGAL PERSON NEEDS TO CARRY IT, NO QUESTIONS ASKED!

    WAY TO GO ARIZONA!! LETS GET ALL THESE FOOLS OUT OF THE DAMN COUNTRY!!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
    • tuna74

      Your Right "DUDE
      Nothing Wrong With Born in in the USA.

      May 17, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JohnGalt38

    Boycott the anti-US cities of LA, San Diego and San Francisco!

    I hope Arizona cuts off your water and electricity LA – that way AZ can accelerate your destiny to become a lawless, third-world s#!thole.

    http://republicincrisis2010.blogspot.com/

    May 13, 2010 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  14. Josée R.

    I am not of hispanic descent and i don't need to be to realize that as long as those old geesers are in power, we, minorities will always be oppressed. These old people with outdated mindsets need to go. Wether it be that their time on earth is up, or voted out of power, they need to step down and let things be run by people with modern notions to match the modern time.
    Way to go Arizona! keep your residents as ignorant about different cultures as they can possibly be.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
    • tuna74

      modern notions to match the modern time.
      Excuse me is that the definition of We got in here free lets live off the dumb tax payers.
      Every Thing Free In America.

      May 17, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • TammyB

      Modern notions for modern times. Then maybe we should adopt Mexico's immigration laws. They are far more strict than the USA's. How modern is Mexico that it condemns less stringent rules than it itself has? We, as a nation, should not let another nation dictate our laws, which Mexico is trying to do and sorry, but they have brainwashed Mexican illegals to think that that is okay. I am sure, that if I went to Mexico today, and started trying to dictate how laws were handled, I would be deported, fined, or thrown in jail. Stop being such a hypocrite!

      May 20, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. James

    The fundamental flaw in roughly half the comments above is the misunderstanding between illegal immigration and racial profiling. The majority of people agree, ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION is a bad thing and we need to do something about it. Unfortunately Arizona's answer to that problem promotes RACIAL PROFILING which is arguably an even worse problem to have on our hands.

    Wake up people. No true Americans are fighting in favor of illegal immigration. But to adopt something like this in Arizona is just a major regression of the progress that our country as a whole has made the past 50+ years. There has got to be a better way.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
    • tuna74

      Why is it when the US border patrol grab's your Butt, Its not Racial Profiling
      But a cop that ask's you fo license & registration in Arizona Like in all 50 states All of a sudden I'm being Racialy profiled.

      May 17, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • TammyB

      How exactly does it promote racial profiling when the Federal Law is exactly the same? And our law goes further with specific language prohibiting racial profiling, which the Federal law does not. Also, CA has a law much like ours, they just don't enforce it. Why is it okay for a group of persons (where ever they are from...I don't care) to be ABOVE our laws?

      May 20, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
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