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. Mike

    How breathtakingly ignorant people must be in Arizona. I can 100% rule out EVER vacationing there and contributing my money to their backwards views. In a nation that prizes liberty, Arizona is a mark of shame.

    May 15, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • sarasota

      Ahhh America, The land of the poor and free!!

      May 17, 2010 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. Rolland

    Good for Arizona , our country is at war we have been attacked and lot's of people murdered. Any one not in this country by our laws need to be treated as war criminals.If you have never been to war, get ready because one is being brought home to you.Anyone not willing to stand up for your country,let shame be on you.And don't say how you honor our vets ,but will not stand with them.

    May 15, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rolland

    Illegals have no rights in America. Our country is at war,we are required to carry ID.when asked for it.Illegals want special rights because they choose to break our laws ,they say we are unfair to them.Let's treat them all as war criminals then. They have invaided our country and are committing crimes.The WAR is here now ,stand up for America if you have the guts,if you don't than at least don't fight against those who do.

    May 15, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pap

    Has anyone noticed that Jay sound like Tokyo Rose?

    May 15, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Maria

    I am an immigrant from the Philippines and I live here in Arizona. My skin is brown and I have an accent. I have been living in Arizona for more than 8 years and I have never, NEVER, NEVER been discirminated because of my color. To those people who tell lies that this law has the "Potential" to racial porfile is telling a BIG LIE!!!. The law specifically says NOT to use this law to make "Racial Profile". Go figure it out. Read the bill and and keep your mouth shut. I'm tired of these liberals who only win people's votes by making the other people look bad.

    May 15, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Eleanor

    In passing this immigration law, Arizona has made a BIG statement to its citizens that rather than provide More Jobs, Better Education, Better Roads, A Better Environment, Lower Taxes, Better Pay for Teachers, they are, in fact, going to Spend Your Money in pursuing people who "look" Hispanic, therefore placing themselves in the position of having lawsuit after lawsuit filed against them by innocent detainees who will claim Fourth Amendment infringements, among other things. And that can only spell Big Money from the state in order to defend this worthless discriminatory and very punitive law.

    The law profiles innocent citizens despite what may be said. Many of those who live in Arizona know that and have espoused that. They have even initiated lawsuit after lawsuit that has not even been heard yet. That's Money that will be drained from the state money pool but it appears Republicans would rather spend the public's money this way than spend it on much better and much more needed items for their citizens, including healthcare. And that's something Arizona citizens need to remember when the state starts telling them they have to do without the Better Jobs, Education for their Children, Better Roads and Bridges, A Clean Environment, Better Pay for Teachers, etc. People need to go to the polls and remember those who would rather SPEND Big Money on a bad immigration bill like this and then Sweep them ALL OUT!

    May 15, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. kas

    we are all immigrants since we all came from some other place.no one race is more american than the other even if you were born here some of you are benifitting from a particularly nasty past your decendants have blood on their hands. if any one has rights its the native american indians given a chance i wonder who they would deport first. its not going to be mexicans,we all know who it would be and thats why they are scared silly of becoming a minority how does it feel do be on the receiving end?

    May 16, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  8. dark paul

    The boycott will backfire on California. I'm a wine distributor in Colorado and have cancelled all California wines in favor of any and all other varieties. My customers agree and we're going to start a national boycott california wine movement!

    May 16, 2010 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. real native

    i would like to see the germans, irish, italian, french english and everyone else with descendants from Europe go home. This land belongs to the natives and the south belongs to the hispanics not the white eyed. You have no right to impose your english based beliefs along with your english based governement here.Go back to europe and play your games there, you have brought nothing but disease, war and destruction to our lands. Why do you continue to claim this land as yours when the only reaseon that you are here is because your own peolple, the english, sent you away from your home to get rid of you becasue your were criminals. Your heritage is full of shame and it is a sad history that you have. Respect the real natives of this land or go back to your side of the world.

    May 16, 2010 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
    • sarasota

      Didn't your forefathers come from Spain and Portugal? Guess you need to go back too!

      May 17, 2010 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  10. Educated liberal

    Reading all of the responses, I find it interesting that most of the people who are in favor of the immigration bill have poor grammar and their post seems to sound as though they are not formally educated. Has anyone read the recent study out that noted on average, democrats have higher IQ's than conservatives. Interesting.....

    May 16, 2010 at 4:36 am | Report abuse |
    • sarasota

      I am a Liberal and I fully support what Arizona is doing. This has nothing to do with Democrats or the GOP. It is about America and taking OUR country back moron!

      May 17, 2010 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. Tony

    Regardless of one's view on the Arizona laws, I don't think it is appropriate for a city council in one state to dictate policy to the government of a neighboring state. Seems a bit undemocratic to me. It's like what the US used to do to banana republics in Central America, except it's happening inside the US this time. Next thing you know LA will be sponsoring an insurgency in Arizona to overthrow the government.

    May 16, 2010 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
    • sarasota

      HA HA lead by the Austrian Terminator!!!!

      May 17, 2010 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  12. James Herrera

    Illegals broke the law and must be deported.They now believe they have a right to be here. I find it odd that they demand rights here they don't have in their own countries. I f you want to make a change, have the balls to make a change in your own country.

    May 16, 2010 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
  13. Penny

    Arizona is just trying to keep the dangerous drug cartel out of the U.S.
    Sadly, it has come to this. Hopefully Arizona law enforcement is fair about profiling.
    There is so much violence in Mexico, especially Juarez. The drug cartels are at war and don't care who they kill (innocent Mexican citizens) to get the job done. (I lived In El Paso for several months and news of killings in Juarez were daily.)
    We don't need this spilling over into the U.S. We have enough problems.
    As for 'white people carrying identification'......we do. Everywhere we go....they're called drivers licenses.
    My heart goes out to Mexican citizens who want a better life; but we can't let the evil-doers cross the border. I'm sure AZ has looked at all the options and decided this is the best way to keep the bad guys out.

    May 16, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  14. Mike

    Just so everyone is clear...A legal permanant resident (Green Card Holder) is REQUIRED to carry his card with him at ALL TIMES. As an immigration officer, we have the authority and ROUTINELY detain individuals that claim residency here but have no proof. This law now allows local law enforcement to carry out those duties. President Obama cracks jokes, but the only real joke is his lack of concern for our pourous borders. If you are a US Citizen, and are questioned about your citizenship, then all you need is to tell the officer your social security number and he can query that and you are on your way. The outrage here isn't about racial profiling or discrimination. That is just a cheap excuse to deflect the real issue. Illegals, and those that support them, are now upset because they have had it easy for so long and now are at real risk of having their lives disrupted. Any any person making an argument that they are here for a better life....do it the legal way!! In Mexico, if you are illegal, first time offense, you go to PRISON for 2 YEARS!! I personally am excited about other states on the verge of adopting a similar law..13 in total so far. Once they do, the illegals will flock to California and destroy their economy and increase crime further. Seems to me they will get just what they deserve for being so blind. One last thing, funny how the LA councilmen are primarily Latino and are all opposed to this because they care more about 'latino pride' rather than whats in the best interest of Americans.

    May 16, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  15. kay

    I support Arizona 100% our federal government forced them to do something at state level because they would not address the growing problem of illegal aliens draining our country's resources this has gone on way too long! This is not about the color of your skin or racism get legal or get out! I live in Texas and I would be very happy for my state to follow Arizona's example the illegal aliens have more rights than legal American citizens apparently they have a right to free medical care free education and school lunches for their children etc........ oh and also they don't have to bother with a pesky social security number to open a bank account just dial in on the spanish line no questions asked! I think it's pretty obvious to anyone where our largest number of illegal aliens are from, in my state anyway, but this law is for all illegal aliens regardless of your skin color!

    May 16, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
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