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. infonomics

    Californians like to cite the size of their state's revenue to impress everyone. They do this with the apparent ignorance that it is net revenue that matters. California could once boast of all their economic achievements and public schools; now, their schools have been on the bottom for decades, even below the often denigrated Mississippi. Financial pundits say their bankruptcy is third in line behind Greece and Portugal. They are like Blanche DuBois, hanging-on to a time long forgotten. California is irrelevant.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mike in Fla

    I am waiting for the illegals from Mexico to boycott AZ. Please!!! I am now boycotting LA and CA.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. wayne, Phoenix, AZ

    I live in AZ and I have mixed feelings about the law. But, I really wonder if those states that are calling for the boycotts have really even read the law, or are just jumping on the bandwagon of public opinion? Yes, this thing is so out of control and the borders need to be closed. This law however, is NOT the answer. And, boycotting AZ businesses is literally cutting off your nose to spite your face since most of the industries that will be heavily affected employ an enormous number of immigrants; legal or not. So, if I get this right, let's boycott the AZ businesses, put those people out of work, but allow them to stay here in the country unemployed, so that we, the citizens, can support them with our taxes? Well, we can all see how this is going to workout. But I will say this, it's a great time to be an illegal since they get all the free benefits that millions of our legally born citizens have no access to.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Robert

    They cannot stop anyone at any are spreading lies and fear mongering. Read the law! or – quote exact wording that you don't yet understand.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. boycott arizona.

    Posted by: Fritz Hohenheim
    "I am a legal immigrant from Germany and I don't understand what the fuzz about this Arizona law is all about. "

    you don't understand ...becouse you are german.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jay

    Here you go

    May 13, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Winwood

    Hey Texasman of post number 336, you need to read THIS before assuming that all the Governors of states surrounding Arizona would go along with their law. They most certainly would Not!

    As for Texas Governor Rick Perry, he says he would not want to take TEXAS in that same direction! KUDOS for Governor Perry!! He has the good sense to see right through this dastardly immigration bill and what it would do to most any innocent, Hispanic American citizen in the process of looking for illegals. Arizona's law was ill thought out and is Not the answer to illegal immigration and thus, Governor Perry is aware of this and does not want it for his state and neither do all of the other governors mentioned here.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ye Olde Suns

    you don't understand ...becouse you are german.

    And the taco chompers wonder why we want them to go back to their shanty towns in Burritoville.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jay

    Anyhow, Arizona is used to be boycotted. Weren't they boycotted because they did not want to observe Martin Luther King? Yes, they were.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. AZ

    Good luck boycotting us. We have the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. All federal jurisdiction but you gotta come through AZ to get there and I doubt thousands of boat owning Califorians are going to stay home because of a 'boycott'.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Robert

    Jay – I have the law at hand. Where specifically does it say that anyone at anytime, without any reason at all, that they can be stopped and asked for immigration papers?

    May 13, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sean

    LA better remember where they get their electricity from. Sure hope Palo Verde doesn't have to be taken offline for... extended maintenance...

    May 13, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tom jacobus

    I say boycott LA...not that anyone want's to go there. Arizona needs to hang in there and stick to their guns. A vast majority of Americans support them and while they are pulling illegals off the street, pack them up and send them to the LA bus station.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tom

    How many of you have ever had your employer tell you who you can hang with, where you can go, and where you can spend your money? Seems a bit 'over the top' in LA – but I guess with their % of illegals – all they could do to avoid a riot.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Missouri Mama

    In Missouri, I have to take my birth certificate, marriage license, and driver's license to the DMV EACH time I renew. I then have to show my employer my Social Security Card, driver's license, and professional certificate in order to work. I then have to present my driver's license to write a check or get into a bar. I should feel sorry for someone breaking the law and living here illegally–committing God knows what kind of crimes because they can't be tracked–why? There is no logic here. The same laws that stop illegal aliens can be the same laws that stop terrorists and drug trafficking. I PRAY that Misssouri, and the other states, inacts this law.

    FYI: Has anyone thought of the fact that boycotting Arizona will affect the businesses that illegal aliens are most likely to work at, like motels and food service, and maybe it IS a good idea afterall!?!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
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