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. Of Mexican Origin

    Oh yeah, and speaking for a "white" (talk about racist, like all fair skinned people are grouped into one category, not German, Italian, Dutch, etc...), anyway, I DO carry my ID with me at all times, always have as we were taught when we were teenagers that not having your ID was essentially loitering and you can get penalized for that...
    Posted by: A proud Arizonian

    This lady or man is dumb....Like the Mexican people created the federal forms that group all the whites as one....she is dumb.

    May 16, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BILLIE DAMAN

    Who exactly is making this call for a boycott of arizona? Who has the single voice for all of Californians, the basketball elite, the political elite, ithe ignorant elite. Seems like who ever this may be is a little arrogant.
    But I am in Arizona and you simply need to know that we could care less what your opinion is. Do you think I'm going to lose sleep just because you are boycotting this state?
    When you get up in the morning and look in the mirror. First get over yourselves, you only are going to have more of what we will have less of.
    I don't even need to tell some of you that, the ones that don't get it now will be the ones screaming the loudest when you actually relize what happened. What are you going to do, run them into the ocean?

    May 16, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Phoenix Resident

    I love how all these whites talk big and bad online but when you see them in the streets they don't say a word.

    May 16, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Have Passport will show

      I'll be glad to see you on the street; I have my papers do you?

      May 17, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jasmine98

    What is it that some people are not understanding? We are talking about ILLEGAL immigrants! They are here illegally, they came across the border illegally!!! We are not saying every Hispanic person needs to leave because they are a leech on society in the US. We are talking about ILLEGALS. Reading what some of you wrote, I think you are seriously missing the point! This country is great because it is made of people of different races. Everyone that is here legally should be here! I know several Hispanic people, some very good friends, that think this whole thing is ridiculous! This will benefit everyone in Arizona, not just the 100% white American people!

    May 16, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BT

    I say we boycott LA for ignorance.

    May 16, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Have Passport will show

      I think we should boycott them for just being stupid.

      May 17, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  6. sarasota

    I think it is a great start, only 11 million to go! Get them ALL out of here. I dont care if they are mexican, indian, russian, I want MY country back. Racist? Not hardly, I support LEGAL immigration. Wake up Obama WE WANT OUR COUNTRY BACK AND OUR BORDERS TO BE PROTECTED.

    May 17, 2010 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
    • stooooopid

      I couldnt agree more. I feel like a foreigner in my own country these days. Im tired of it. People want to come to this country and demand that we accept their culture... but in return... they have no respect for our American culture. They dont even try to speak english here anymore. Its a disgrace, and an absolute slap in the face. Im tired of it. Kick all illegals out!

      May 18, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  7. sarasota

    No, what Arizona did was have more balls than the federal govt and do what needs to be done and round up those leeches and send them back to THEIR country where they belong.

    May 17, 2010 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      Just like YOU! and your founding fathers came from a****le

      May 18, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Arizona Sucks

    This unhealthy display of über-nationalism is disturbingly similar to that of 1930's Germany. The angry mob always needs a scapegoat. Profiling is a racist tactic, no matter how this bill tries to deflect that. Glad I don't live in backwards, racist Arizona, the same state that refuses to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King day.

    May 17, 2010 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Jasmine98

      You're so right! Another reason to be glad you're not in Arizona is so you don't get stuck paying for the illegal leeches that are sucking Arizona dry. You don't have to deal with all of the problems that they bring with them!! All you people that are against this, I think you should have to pay the higher taxes, the higher car insurance rates, have jobs taken away from you, live with higher crime, then after that, maybe you'll get it!

      May 17, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • stooooopid

      Im not worried about Martin Luther King Day. We have bigger problems. Like this country has just about abandoned Christmas. Cant even say "Merry Christmas" at department stores because it suggests acceptance of Christ and that offends some people. Get thicker skin people. Stop being a nation of cry babies.

      May 18, 2010 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Thomas from Reno

      If you really knew how Germany came to Fascism in the 1930s, you would know that AZ is nothing like Germany. When legal citizens are not allowed to make their laws and defend their borders because of "politically correct" speech and ideas, no matter how misguided, then perhaps you might begin to understand how Fascism came into existance.

      May 20, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ray Pecorino

    OK lets all be childish. I say boycott anyone who boycotts Arizona, S.F., LA etc. F-n morons

    May 17, 2010 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  10. RICHARD

    FOR ALL YOU PEOPLE THAT WANT ILLEGALS, GO TO MEXICO AND STAY THERE AND DONT COME BACK. BECAUSE WE AMERICANS THAT FOUGHT FOR THIS COUNTRY DONT WANT PEOPLE LIKE YOU HERE. YOU PEOPLE WANT LAW BREAKERS RUNNING AROUND THAN WAY DONT WE LET ALL THE PRISONERS OUT TO RUN FREE ALSO. THINK ABOUT IT BEFORE YOU START SHOOTING OFF YOU MOUTH.

    May 17, 2010 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
    • its_about_time

      Right on man.

      May 17, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. NoBama

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    May 17, 2010 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  12. Paul

    To all your patiots: The way I see it, Americans where immigrants in Mexico prior to 1846. Then by force "as we humans always seem to do", we took what we know today the states of Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Wyoming, as well as the whole of California, Nevada, Utah the states of New Mexico, Texas, Arizona and Califormia.

    That was only 164 years ago. Only three generations ago. What is America anyways? A whole lot of immigrants comming to a new continent. So all you patriots remember where you come from wither you are irish, polish, english, french, spanish, rusian, italian, german, asian, african american etc...

    To all you protectionist or alike: Some talk about protecting what is "ours"! Excuse me folks but lets look back at the big picture: Who is contracting illigal workers? Well it seems to be the contractor, which normally happen to be a US citizen, right? So make your own conclusion how of that.

    Further, the "problem" with illigal immigration is far deeper and can't be solved with the recent addopted law. Illigal immigration is a global fenomena. But if we look at migration as a whole, we could say that, in most cases, people migrate as a result of unequal or lack of opportunities to acheive a decent life for your own and/or those you love.
    Of course, illigal immigration is also the result of corruption, greed, limited social walfare, etc.

    So will the new law solve the problem of illigal migration? I really don't see how. Yes it is a political move to see who pics up the tab on immigration in Arizona.

    Then the next question is, how do we stop illigal immigration?
    Sorry folks but we just can't!! Migration is a natural human phenomena, humans have always migrated.

    To end my little comment, for the sake of the law, is not because your look spanish "mexican" that you are necessarily an "illigal alien" or a criminal. That is the whole point folks.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Ohhiya

      I think for most its the refusal to accept the 16th amendment but demend benifets from others that tees off most tax payers. The lower class is getting trashed, losing $16 an hour jobs to illegals who pay no taxes, just come over here to work for a few years for $10 and go back to their families rich and wealthy to mexico standards.

      May 17, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  13. LAUREN

    I agree with the law KY needs to pass one. Why send our jobs over there and they are jumping boarders to come here?

    May 17, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  14. Dirwood

    Paul, my friend, you have Hit the Nail on the HEAD!! That is exactly the way it is and those who are for this Arizona bill are in denial about things and want to hold on to "their" country, when in effect, it is EVERYONE'S country. If the immigration laws were not so terribly difficult to resolve where people could quickly get their citizenship papers, you would not be seeing illegal immigrants much anymore because as it stands right now they have to hide and cannot be totally open about being here in the land of opportunity.

    So, the answer is not the very punitive Arizona immigration law that reaches its hands all the way to legal Hispanic citizens, but rather to pave the path for those who are here illegally to get their citizenship papers legally As Quickly As Possible, grandfathering them in at this time, and then let them pay fees to get to where they want to be in the U.S. We need them for work no one else, including you (let's be honest about it) want to do.

    Let's all contact our Senators and Congressmen and Tell Them that the answer is in hastening the process for those already here to become legal citizens! That would solve so many of our problems, saving states tons of money in potential lawsuits, while showing the rest of the world that America is still a humanitarian nation that prides itself in offering Opportunity To ALL!

    May 17, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Bryan

      "Everyone's Country"? What? It is Russian's, German's, Chinese's Country? That makes No Sense. I can't see any reason to oppose Arizona unless you truly believe that every person in the World deserves to be in America, no matter what laws they have broken. If they make it here, they are free and clear. I guess you think that if someone breaks into your home and they run off with your TV, they get to keep it, if they make it back to their house.
      "the very punitive Arizona immigration law". Arresting people for breaking in the law...how horrid, they must be racist.

      May 17, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • its_about_time

      You're out of your mind. You dont grandfather citizenship to people who cant follow the laws of this nation from day one. The fact that they came her illegally in the first place should put them at the back of the line behind everyone else who is patiently waiting and following due process to get their citizenship legally. We have enough trouble in this nation without giving amnesty and accepting more people in who have disregard for our laws and processes. Whether you agree with the current law and the process is irrelevant when it comes to the fact that it is the law and the process... and as such it must be followed by all. You can try to change it all you want... that is how our government is adaptable... but until it is changed the law and due process must be followed and the failure to follow or the decision to disregard the established laws and process should not be met with the gift of citizenship.

      May 17, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Reese

    On the flip side – San Diego is losing tourism business because of the boycott. San Diego claims to have already lost $10 million dollars from 23 canceled conventions. Way to go California, guess you didn't see that coming.

    May 17, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
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