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. JW

    Boycott Mexico. Make them responsible for their own people. Quit screaming racism when you want "your group" to be above following the law. We are not supposed to promote any group above others so guess who the real racists are in this situation?

    May 13, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. D.W

    King Kong ain't got nothing on me!!

    May 13, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. dave

    I'm calling for a boycott of La Raza! Boycott ALL businesses that have any employees involved with this organization.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. Aaron

    I accidentally left my wallet at home today.

    If I get pulled over while driving I will get a ticket for not having a drivers license on my person.

    If I try and enter a bar and am asked for ID I will be denied entry.

    If I try and buy beer at the store and am asked for ID I will not be sold my six pack.

    This is no different.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. Oliver

    Hey, at least Arizona can afford to fix their sidewalks!

    May 13, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. infonomics

    California: worst public schools in the nation
    California: worst air pollution in the nation
    California: worst state finances in the nation

    What is the value of any opinion coming from this state?

    May 13, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. Catherine K.

    Like California would even notice if Arizona citizens "boycotted" them!!! Dream on (their population and economy is only about 1,000 times that of Arizona - ever hear of motion pictures? Shipping? Agriculture - you know, with actual water?). This law is racist and sickening. It's like forcing Jews to wear god stars on their lapels during Nazi Germany (before being hauled off to the ovens and gas chambers). Hispanic Americans have lived in the Southwest for hundreds of years - including before the area became part of the "United" States. Why not focus on education, medicine (research and healthcare), alleviating poverty, building businesses (preferably clean ones) to provide jobs (for all), fiscal responsibility, regulating banking and finance, and the environment? Too complicated for you? Easier just to hate? I'm praying for hearts (and brains) to bemore opened to truth and compassion.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. Aaron

    LMOA at Catherine K.

    Yet your state is bankrupt.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff

    Hey boosted squid, Sorry bro, but I am now purchasing produce from local producers and from establishments that import from other regions other than California. Oh, you are free to purchase my tickets on Stub Hub.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. Texasman

    Jay please book mark this page and watch it for about a month and then lets talk.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. Robert

    Go Arizona.........and send emails to the officials in Los Angeles and California in general – boycott them! They are in support of people breaking Federal Law. Anyone who reads the Arizona law would know better than the lefty spin.....but of course, with a Mexican Mayor – what would ya have Los Angeles do?

    May 13, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ye Olde Suns

    And when the big quake hits CA I'll be sure to boycott giving a s***.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  13. Eric

    Isn't LA run by Mexicans and gangs? I know when I left there 7hrs ago it sure seemed like it.

    The 'Big Quake' and SoCal slipping 100 feet and getting flooded out can't come soon enough.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  14. J

    I'm sure LA HAS

    May 13, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  15. onls

    Yeah man. The city of Los Angeles is such a role model for upstanding cities. If ever there was a poster child view of complete and total failure of a city it is LA. If you want a clear picture of where the country is headed, take a look at LA – a crime ridden cesspool of a completely failed infrastructure and society. Does LA sincerely think for one minute that anybody cares about what they do or say? The rest of the country is completely sick of hearing the latinos cry for their mexican friends. We should all boycott LA (most people do anyway because it is so disgusting)

    May 13, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
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