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. Susan

    California can boycott whatever it wants. Maybe all of Arizona's illegals will migrate to the land of fruits and nuts. Like you have so much surplus in the state's coffers right now to handle their free health care, schooling, food stamps, and other benefits that your own people need, but hey, right on, dudes.

    Consumers in other parts of the country can also boycott California wine, Navel Oranges, Diamond Corp. nuts of all varieties, and countless other California products.

    NOT a good time to promote this, Cali. Your bankrupt state cannot afford to be boycotting anything. This is the growing season in the REST of the country, and we won't need your produce.

    As a Floridian, I find your Driscoll strawberries and other produce to be inferior in taste anyway. I can source my own strawberries, oranges, and avocados. And I'll buy only wines from places OTHER than California. Chilean and Australian wines are pretty darn good.

    Immigration laws in place make these folks ILLEGAL. Either everyone must respect laws in place or we work together to modify them. If the Feds won't enforce their own laws, then Arizona is justified in taking action which is intended to force the hand of the Feds. Do you all not get this?

    May 16, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • sarasota

      I Agree with Susan, wish they would do it in Florida and send the Guatemalans home, and honduran, hell send a few back to Castro while you are at it just so no one can say we are profiling any race.

      May 17, 2010 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. Delaney

    Arizona has now shown us, and the rest of the world, that they have blatant disregard for the RIGHTS of innocent, law-abiding citizens who 'look' Hispanic but who will therefore still be profiled under their new immigration law along with the others. People need to come to terms with that fact and acknowledge that the American citizens who look Hispanic are now FORCIBLY caught up with the group of illegals and both will be stopped and detained - a great invasion into citizen's rights!

    What the side defending this bad law doesn't want to tell you is that it is next to impossible to tell an illegal immigrant from a legal one and that this law will stop the legal citizen (can we say Nazi style) and ask for citizenship papers in a country heretofore known for not reaching into the Fourth Amendment and trying to destroy it.

    People who believe this law is quite unfair to all of the other Hispanics that will now be grouped together with illegals because they look the part, should read this!

    May 16, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. POe'd Vet

    I didn't fight to have a bunch of criminals come over here and take my country over! go home where you belong.....we dont want you here ...people just feel sorry for you..for now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 16, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. DB

    And what is with this racism, this is a nationality issue, and only that. Profiling, what small minded BS, what ever a person looks at, there is a quick judgement made, now how you use that judgement can be an issue if used to degrade.

    May 16, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mary

    At the protest why didn't they check papers. I bet over half were illegal. If they want to work in our country first speak english and get your papers together so you can. It is the law in our state that any one over 16 must carry an ID so why shouldn't they.

    May 16, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. steve

    We all should BOYCOTT any City, Town, State or Bussiness that is boycotting Arizona over immigration law.

    May 16, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. abraham

    As you know, Arizona recently passed the toughest anti-immigration bill in American history. "It's an unbelievable law. And it's already starting to backfire. Today, a group of Native Americans pulled over a bunch of white guys and said, 'Let's see your papers.'

    May 16, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • sarasota

      LOL Thats funny

      May 17, 2010 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  8. Bruce

    Thank you, Delaney! And for those who refuse to believe that there is PROFILING of Hispanics going on in Arizona, you need to read this article Right Away!

    May 16, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jjoel

    Gpd Bless Arizona!!!!!!!

    Californians are stupid and California is a pathetic state. The people are as ignorant as their so called "leaders". Bankrupt, over valued, ignorant and totally in the obama bag. They deserve what they get. Every demoncrap representative this bankrupt state has in congress voted for the Health Bill which will cost this state billions in the coming years.

    The people continually vote in liberals who have spent them into the fiscal and financial condition they are currently in. They now cry because of all the taxes they pay. Their politicians sold out years ago.

    Then the idiots boycott a state that is doing what needs to be done and the late, (formerly) great state of CA should have done years ago.

    The rest of the country, especially Texas, thanks the lib states for driving businesses out and to us.

    These are just a few of the reasons I left this state after living there for 25 or more years. I left 15 years ago and have watched in horror as CA continues its slide down into socialism and poverty.

    Keep up the good work, California.

    May 16, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • its_about_time

      Hey – I resent your remarks. Im from California... cant stand Obama... oppose most of the stupidity of this state... want to kick all the illegals out of the country... and Im thrilled about Arizona taking a stand. Wish our federal government would take a stand and follow suit.

      May 18, 2010 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  10. Florida

    Everyone needs proof of citizenship; if an adult does not have a driver's license, voter's ID, passport, etc. then there is a good chance that he/she is in the US illegally. If one is LEGALLY here, there isn't a problem. I commend AZ for stepping up to the plate and attacking this issue head-on. It's just a matter of time before ALL AMERICANS will carry a national ID card. If you are an AMERICAN, it's just one more piece of paper, like your car insurance, driver's license, health ID card, and voter's registration card that we are expected to carry.

    May 16, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JininNM

    Arizona should close all its state and locall highways to California and all the entrance and exit ramps for interstate highways and Federal roads within Arizona. Isolate CA.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. stormy74

    If blond haired, blue eyed Sweden were our neighbor and 20 million of them illegally crossed our border and leeched off our system and called for revolution we sure as hell would take measures to boot them out. Face it, the Mexican illegals and their friends are the ones calling it racism in order to confuse the issue. It's about the law and doing what is right, not about their skin color. I honestly don't care what color their skin is or what country they are from. They are hurting our nation. Their own country is a shambles and they are trying to run away from their problems. (kind of reminds me of the Haitians) We took up arms when our country was in trouble and solved our own problems, we did not run away like cowards. They can do the same for their own country. They like to wave their Mexican flags in our faces, if they are so proud of their country send them home!!!!!!

    May 16, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • sarasota

      Na the chicks could stay

      May 17, 2010 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
    • stooooopid

      You got it! And by the way.. there seems to be some confusion: Independence Day is 4th of July in America... not 5th of May. Everyone needs to take a mental note of that.

      May 18, 2010 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. stormy74

    When this country's people were hurting they took up arms against one of the most powerful nations on the planet and set things right. Have some courage, follow our example.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. boycott LA

    Im boycotting LA ....LA= dumb

    May 16, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Of Mexican Origin

    My ancestors are from Mexico... Actually prob Arizona when it was still Mexico. However if one is detained then they should be asked for identification period. Now I have a problem with having to be stopped or "detained" just because I'm brown. Most whites couldn't tell me from an illegal but the funny part is I don't even speak Spanish. I can't wait untill I get hassled because I have never committed a crime, collected food stamps, or welfare and make more then the average white person or any person for that matter. I obtained my law degree from UCLA and still keep in contact with many from my class of 2000 and can't wait to file a civil rights law suit when I get hassled. I will retire on Arizona Bankrupt dime @ 35. How Sweet it will be.

    May 16, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Have Passport will show

      And you wonder why lawyers have a bad name. If I was the bar in Arizona. I would be checking into your ethics, because you do not seem to have any say kill you think suing somebody is your free ticket to not having to work anymore.

      May 17, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • stooooopid

      Your ridiculous. Another sue happy person with a "law degree" from "UCLA." Oh my! Get over yourself. Abide by the laws, show ID when asked (as I see you carry it – very good), and you'll have no need to sue. Except of course that philosophy conflicts with your plan to sue the state and make billions so you can personally retire on everyone else's dime... but Im sure the rest of the residents in Arizona are okay with that.

      May 18, 2010 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
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