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. Bobo the lib

    Hey-–, Read the Law. They must have probable cause first to stop and ask you questions. You are equally treated.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joe

    Terri! Excuse me but I too am married to a Latin woman!! So don't call me a racist!! Hell I'm on your side!! But you just can't say it's ok and let it go!! Everything has a price! I don't agree with what AZ unless it applies to everyone!! I don't want anyone who is hard working to be deported but you have to have rules and laws. I know illegals pay taxes, sales taxes , property taxes!!! I don't want familes broken apart! When I say being on probation. It's not fair to the people who entered the US legal, That's why I say charge a fine and have requirements to stay in the US.

    May 13, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kyle

    If you do not want to show identification-GET OUT OF OUR COUNTRY!!!!!!!! It is that simple. If I get pulled over while driving or look suspect a police officer will ask for my identification-I WILL GIVE IT TO THEM. Also-If i am in Mexico, Germany, France, etc and I don't belong there-I expect to face the consequences. PROFILING MAKES SENSE

    May 13, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. littlebit

    hey i hope they all don't come here in Florida , we have a lot here to. if they cant be there. .they will come here . Florida needs to have the same law and so does all the other states.

    May 13, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. d-rad

    Mexicans don't riot they aint a buncha black jungle monkeys! Im a white girl and I love me some chorizo for breakfast lunch & dinner mhmm! I love when mexicans bend my tan booty over and turn me into a fiesta!

    May 13, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • sarasota

      Thats too funny!!! PMSL!!!!

      May 17, 2010 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  6. U-S-A

    D-RAD: good for you!hahaha.

    AL: couldnt have said it better myself!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JB

    Ok people...in that case let EVERYONE has to carry papers...that means all immigrants must carry ALL paper work at ALL times and ALL citizens must carry their birth cirtificates everywhere...we are so diverse in the United States that that would be the only way to truly do this without racial profiling. Now does everyone want to carry their birth certificate in their wallet?? Yes. Ok then this law is fine then.

    PEOPLE...WAKE UP...This is WRONG.
    Unless, like I said, we ALL carry info verifying we are citizens of the USA. Are you willing to do that??? If the answer is no then re-think this law and think outside the box. There is more the to world than your own closed minded views.

    May 13, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Michael

    To those mentioning how American citizens have to carry papers, that is false. If you are driving, you must have a license. However, you can walk around anywhere in all 50 states, plus our territories, without any identification at all.

    However, what this law will change is that now, unless you are of as stereotypically-European heritage as me, you will be detained and questioned if you don't have papers on you...even as a citizen. Black, latino, asian, even native american – you now can be legally detained just by walking down the street. Police are notorious for racism.

    May 13, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. garwas

    Wow, love reading all these facts
    -Never knew that Native Indians just popped out of thin air and landed on what is now called the U.S.A. (amazingly they are the only group of people not to have immigrated) Posted by Quinne
    -Must have misread the law, didn't see the part that specifically states the police can only ask Mexican looking persons for proof of citizenship. Posted by Quinne, this person is full of facts
    -Thousands of legal citizens will be jailed because they can't provide proof of citizenship. Posted by Amber3
    -Canada is the only country where you don't have to cary any kind of identification when you are visiting. None. Posted by pam

    May 13, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Michael

    Fritz Hohenheim, you completely fail to understand American principles and philosophy. You may have passed all the tests and proved your education, but you have failed a few basic but key elements of our laws: freedom and equality.

    You want to target every arab and mexican for terrorism or illegal immigration. Does that mean that we should target you for Neo-Nazism? After all, you are German.

    May 13, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. veryserious

    Of course I support Arizona, as does every LAW-ABIDING citizen. Boycott every city, business, and organization that has boycotted Arizona. Visit Arizona, if possible, and definitely shop online to order goods from Arizona. Arizona is trying to ENFORCE the laws regarding ILLEGAL immigration. ILLEGAL=CRIME; that is simple enough for anyone to understand.

    May 13, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dude

    This has nothing to do with the law. white people just hate colored people. Brown, black, red, yellow, turquoise, burgundy, purple. If you don't have blonde hair and blue eyes, then your not a true racist.

    May 13, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. kyle

    ARIZONA is not ELLIS ISLAND. GUILTY IS GUILTY. Go through the proper channels are stay where you are a LEGAL citizen.

    May 13, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dude

    If you can't beat em join em or go back to europe or whatever filth you came from. You damn disease inventing, oil spilling kiddy lovers!

    May 13, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. AZSupporter

    How is it there are so many people, either concerned or opposed to the law, who come on here to spew garbage at one another? What's with the name-calling? Why can there not be a discussion about this without it getting ugly?

    May 13, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
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