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. Linda - St. Louis, MO

    Went to LA with a friend. Stopped at a Wal-mart, we were the only 2 non-Hispanic people in the store, unless the others were hiding in the back. Of course L.A. is going to boycott Arizona. How dare an American state expect people to come here LEGALLY, why all those illegals have family in LA!! Also, I am a 1st born American of immigrant parents – who came here LEGALLY! I expect others to do the same or face the legal consequences. You know the law, you know the consequences, don't cry when you get caught, you were willing to take those chances! Boo-hoo.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. Huff

    Is LA aware that it receives over $22,000,000 each year from an Arizona corporation? US Airways based in Arizona flies to LAX and not only pays LA millions, it also brings 1000's of people into LA who spend their money there.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. Texasman

    In recent weeks, lawmakers in at least nine states – Utah, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Maryland and Ohio – have said they planned to model legislation after SB 1070.

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    May 13, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. Robert

    Why is it that people have the audacity to call this law discriminatory when in fact – everything else for the illegals is discriminatory against citizens? Read the bill vs waving a red/white/green flag. This is America and we have laws. Follow the laws – no problem. The people against this law are the ones who want to preserve the free ride on the backs of American citizens. They want special treatment for breaking our laws. I say NO and so does about 70% of the American citizens of the USA. Think your little boycott will override 70% of the legal population? NOT!

    May 13, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. Isror

    For the record, anyone who even mentions race in regard to this law is a raciest. The law makes no mention of race or skin color. The simple act of mentioning of anyone's skin color or race in debating this law MAKES YOU THE RACIEST, not the law.

    The only reason California is "banning" business is because they too are bankrupt and will use anything they can to stop paying their bills.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. wileysee

    Well LA you've done it again. You have managed to make complete fools of yourselves. LA, the nation capital of police brutality is banning travel to Arizona...what a joke!! Who are the Nazis now? With mandating that your employees can't go where they want and telling them with whom they can do business, there is no question that the city is a suppressive regime run by yahoos.LA get your own act together. Read the bill and if then you still don't like it ban all your employees from travel and from doing business in the United States, After all the Arizona law is just a mirror of the federal law.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kurt

    People are calling AZ "racist" because "big fat doo-doo heads" was already taken. Truthfully, if there wasn't an illegal immigrant issue, then this law would not happen. If legal Mexicans turned in illegal Mexicans, they would more quickly be called “American.” But do we really want the drug violence here? I know CA is used to it, but should the rest of us accept it? Legal visitors and immigrants are always welcome.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jay

    ANY PUBLIC OFFENSE THAT MAKES THE PERSON REMOVABLE FROM THE UNITED STATES". So, really, nobody see a problem with the "believe" part? is there really somebody that thinks that is NOT an open door for racial profile?

    May 13, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Missouri Mama

    If I have to have my driver's license, why can't a legal alien carry his papers? PLEASE!!! Be politically correct all you want, but this is insane...
    FYI: Wasn't it in Montobella (sp?) California where immigrant students turned the school's US flag upset down and flew it under the Mexican flag? Yes, yes it was... This is why I'm boycotting my California trip and going to Arizona instead, at least Arizona's trying to DO something about the problem!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Terry

    Lsror. The law was enacted to combat illegal immigration, not by the Canadians. It is, and the Courts will agree, blatantly RACIST.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mike

    Oh no, what will Arizona do without California's IOUs?

    May 13, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Robert

    Let me see, can I remember the nationality of the guy running Los Angeles? Oh ya – I think I got it. Well, I can say just one thing – no employer has the right to mandate where or with whom their employees hang out with after hours. I think that is against State employment laws. But of course, Los Angeles wouldn't pay any attention to that!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Terry

    Oh and by the way, Lsror, I am a white male married to a hispanic woman, and my first wife was black. I don't think I'm a great candidate for your racist comment. I definitely know it when I see it; or read it, though.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. East Coaster

    I'll be taking my next vacation in AZ. CA is in the toilet anyway and swirling fast. Like they can do anything right.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lenhoff

    For more information on the latest happenings in Arizona and their Unfair-To-One-Class-Of-People Immigration Law, there is this great site that tells it like it is!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
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