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. Robert

    How come they can't join our armed services? language barrier? age? what could that be? Yes it is hard to be in the US legally.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Wes

    Who are the ones passing judgement now? LA is by banning business in Arizona how stupid!.......the LAW they passed is a FEDERAL LAW period. it's not a racist LAW, what would you do if the TALIBAN came here from Mexico and started bombing us? sure you would cry for Security then? but Illegal people regardless of race come over and don't pay taxes, collect free medical and Social security without working and you don't care? well that's why the Government systems are broke!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jaylon

    What exactly is this Fritz guy talking about. Good interest of south america and in correlation to Mexico?

    May 13, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. loveitorleav

    If you are legal what is the problem????? You should have an I.D. If you get stopped show it what is the problem? everyone must show ID if stopped by the police. I am white, blond female I was stopped the other day and when the officer asked for my ID I gave it to him. Doesn't everyone? If you are here and do not have citz status then you should not be driving. Why don't they change their country? We had a reveloution in the US why should they not take back their own country, maybe they would stay there. It should not be our problem

    May 13, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TheEraser

    Jagdeep Singh

    Make sure you continue to make yourself heard! That is where the discrimination in our country is found. Not against criminals, within the government against those non-Spanish speaking!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. this is insane

    I saw a white man, he looks illegal, well, not sure, maybe german, maybe irish, maybe enlglish, but heck, he may just be illegal. I think a hispanic cop should stop him, check him and process him....he may just be illegal....after all, can't be too sure?

    Three scores and ten, that is what we are all given. Yet we spend the time hating on each other because of how we look. How stupid. Where is the brotherly love and compassion!!! God made all of us in His image. When those oppressed pilgrims came to America..........all of you haters forefathers.....they were welcome with open arms. There was an America before the came and they were not turned away nor discriminated against. Most acquired names when they got here because they probably had none or just wanted a fresh start. Yet now that they have been established and you were born in this country and enjoy propsery, you have forgotten from whence you came and pushing others out that seek only what your forefathers and yourself have come to enjoy. Shame on you.........your ignorance and hate is like the plague will one day be eradicated. Your hatred of others cannot be disguised by these bogus laws. Free your mind and the rest will follow, be color blind, don't be so shallow. Ths is Nazi Germany all over again......we must not allow this to happen.
    I say boycott everything Arizona under th sun until they repeal that law......and any other state that adapt this racist move.......oh, and I AM an American citizen or do I need to copy my birthpaper in this space to prove that.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Robert

    The law does not allow for stopping anyone – at anytime – for no reason at all – to check immigration papers. People who promote such lies and fear mongering are ignorant!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dan

    It makes sense for the council to support the boycott. If they don't, they may upset the illegals that are doing their landscaping, cleaning their house, watching their children, etc. If that were to happen they would have to either do it all themselves or start paying decent wages to legals who in turn will pay taxes which in turn will help the economy. If they can compare Arizona to Nazi Germany, then I guess it would be okay to compare them to the pre-Civil War South, where they support illegals (slavery).

    May 13, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. John

    I will be joining the boycott of California. Arizona is just doing what the Feds will not do. Many of the illegal aliens can be considered to be terrorists too.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ----- boycott arizona. -----

    First, Racial Discrimination againts american native
    Second, Racial Discrimination againts Black people
    Third, Racial descrimination againts hispanic people
    ....which ethnic group will be next ?
    asian people, arab people.....or white people?

    With the same rod you measure you will be measured.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Marie

    Hey! Americans have to carry ID whether it be a drivers license or picture ID of another form. What is the problem with Latinos having to carry ID???? If they are here legally, they would have the same forms of identification as Americans.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jim Marshall

    I and most of the so-called "haters" in this debate, will welcome with open arms anyone who wishs to become an american citizen through proper and legal channels.
    My Irish Scotish immigrant forefathers went thru the legal process of obtaing citizenship. And I'm sure that if they couldn't speak english...they would have been denied. I hope all mexicans who want to become americans are allowed the chance, but to ignore this and turn a blind eye to the river of people flowing into this country, is absolute insanity.

    How on earth can any gov't agency claim to be protecting americans from terrorists, if the borders are not secured.

    Best wishes to all who aspire to become american citizens.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. wiseguy

    all i am saying I know illegals who have been here and working for years, but dont have the papers, how do they work? dont ask me, but they are working. If they could get the papers it would make it much easier for them to support this country. Am not all up for illegals believe me, if you do the crime then you gotta pay the price and if it means deportation then so be it. Not every illegal is a thief or a drug kingpin. How do they live for free in this country, where am at people wanna see ID to support you, and if you dont have that then your screwed. BOYCOTT AZ

    May 13, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jazzers

    So with LA boycotting everything Arizona what's going to happen when Los Angeles Lakers are forced to go to Pheonix for games 3 and 4 and possibly a Game 6 in the western conference finals . Are they going to forfeit those 3 games and not give Phoenix any revenue?? this will be interesting

    May 13, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. TheEraser

    Maybe LA will use ist's gustappo like stratagy and not allow the Lakers to travel to AZ?

    May 13, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
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