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. Paul

    Dear Dirwood: paving the path for those who are illigally in Arizona is definitly the right direction. Arizona state definitly would benefit to implement a regularisation programme an make illigal aliens already establish in Arizona US citizens.
    I can already think of a few positive social and economical impacts. For example: New legal migrants equal to new tax payers which equals money for the state and of course as you mentioned avoind tons of money in potential lawsuits.
    Apropos, I think France had a similar strategy back in 1997 and 1998 to help them solve their illigal imigration problem, refered as "sans papier". Many illegal imigrants came forward and became legal citizens. This programme was a series oof laws known as the “Chevenement laws,” which established a regularisation procedure for irregular immigrants to aapply for residence and work permits. This programme was primarily aimed towards family reunification and families in irregular situations. The programme ran from June 24 1997 to April 30 1998, and ultimately legalized 87,000 out of 150,000 applicants, 85 percent of which were family-related.

    Though keep in mind that France has not solve the problem of illigal imigration. So like I mentioned before, we can't stop migration. But we can work hard to make our own home a better place for everyone 🙂

    Additioanly you will also need to work an exit policy where local businesses will not be penalise if they help their illigal workers to apply for citizenships.... o something like that.

    May 17, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Paul

    Lets make one thing clear folks. Mexicans are not taking or draining our resourses. First of all Arizona does not have a generous welfare system asfor example Scandinavia does. It is incorrect to say that illigal immigrants are drainning the "welfare system of Arizona" or taking jobs away from US citizens. Because as an employer you have the obligation to check that the person you employ as a social security number.

    The American system rewards those who are willing to work hard and so it should. The whole issue again is that you can't stop a person on the grounds of a question on ethnic origin. GET IT!!!

    May 17, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • tuna74

      This should help them get through the night.

      Did you all hear there's a new high tech Green card & ID..Simiular to our American passport but more sophisticated.It even has a radio frequency identification chip built in with all the individule's data that can be checked in second's by law enforcement.Holographic photo & finger print,Tamper proof.
      do a search check it out,It's made to eliminate the fakes sold on the streets of California.

      May 18, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. Iyov

    I want immigrants to come here legally so that they don't have to take on crappy jobs like busboy, landscaper, or day labor.

    May 17, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. its_about_time

    I'm from California (Bay Area) and I TOTALLY support Arizona and their new immigration law. Heck... I have even considered moving to AZ as a result of it. Truth is CA could learn a thing or two from Arizona, and if the CA legislature were to get their craniums out of their rectal regions they too would see that illegal immigration has done NOTHING GOOD for this state. It has only been a source of increased drug activity, crime, medical and other social program burdens, etc. In fact you can chalk it up to another reason why we're B-R-O-K-E as a state. Whether you're white, black, asian, hispanic, or whatever.... get the memo: if you're here ILLEGALLY... WE DO NOT WANT YOU IN THIS COUNTRY. Yes this is a nation founded on immigration... LEGAL immigration. Get with the program. Way to go AZ!!!

    May 17, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. OOOOOplease

    iyov... whether they were here legally or not, many immigrants are not formally educated and would resort to similar labor type jobs based on job availability. Not to say they could not work in other positions or are not smart enough to learn and prosper. Just citing the reality that education plays a huge role in our present society and most immigrants to this country are lacking in formal education. Its a harsh reality but welcome back to the real world.

    May 17, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. its_about_time

    And as for Arizona's new law: If you have nothing to hide and are not breaking any laws... then you have nothing to worry about. I get pulled over by the cops when I break a law and they ask for ID. I have nothing to hide so I give it to them. Whats the big deal? Why a double standard for immigrants? And lets drop the racial profiling arguments because if you read the legislation there must be probable cause for the stop in the first place. Not to mention thesedays everybody wants to claim racial profiling so they can get out of their ticket or fine. Again... if you have nothing to hide and are not breaking any law... you have nothing to worry about. End of story.

    May 17, 2010 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jahenders

    I support Arizona in its attempt to find a partial solution to the illegal immigration problem when it's so abundantly clear the federal government lacks the will to do so.

    Though it had nothing to do with this issue, I'm glad that my family just spent some vacation dollars in Arizona and not a penny in LA.

    The picture with a woman holding a sign saying, "I'm Mexican and I'm not running" kind of says it all (as does the prolific display of Mexican flags at pro-illegal alien rallies - many of the people shouting loudest against any attempt to stem or control illegal immigration have no loyalty to this country and CERTAINLY care nothing about the economy of the states they are bankrupting.

    May 17, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. tuna74

    Awhhhhhhaaaaa" I'm Tired I don't want to play anymore .
    I going to bed.
    Night yall
    Bueanas Noche Hermanno's e hermanna's

    May 18, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  9. Elizabeth

    I'm a US Citizen born to two illegal immigrants; I also worked for an Immigration Attorney for a few years. This is an emotional issue for me on many levels. I am a bleeding heart for any immigrant thinking they have no choice but to leave their home country to survive. I am also a realist, the US can not just open the flood gates and let everyone in. Immigration law is complicated, depending on what country you are from there are waiting lists, some as long as 10 years. The list may be shorter dependend on the conditions of your country, your education, your financial status.

    Can you imagine what it would be like to be so desperate that your only hope is to go to a country where you know you are not wanted but are told that if you work hard enough you can make money to feed yourself, buy nice clothes, a decent car, and even have enough money to send home; wouldn't you do it?

    On the note of illegals being outlaws, yes, some of you are correct there are some illegal immigrants who break the law but of those even fewer are habitual offenders and usually when this happens they are arrested and have to serve their sentence just like anyone else. For the most part, if you are an illegal immigrant you keep your head down and do your best to stay under the radar.

    Now think about something else, what jobs are illegal immigrants taking from Americans that American's really want? Dishwasher, line cook, working in the fields picking fruits and vegetables, no wait maybe a construction laborer making minimum wage?

    Some people mentioned, that illegal immigrants get free healthcare and in reality that is not true, in most states if the person applying for Medicaid can not prove their citizenship they can not get ongoing Medicaid. Meaning they do not have their healthcare paid for. They may however, in case of an emergency, be eligible for emergency Medicaid, which will pay for an emergency; and this is more for humanitarian reasons more than immigration reasons. Look at how much money is given to other countries for humanitarian reasons, this is just a chunk of that money.

    I'm not asking you to be passive and make things easy, I am asking that you look at the facts. Don't go for the hype, look around you and see what is really happening in your community, your state, your country. As I said in the beginning, I am a US citizen, born and raised and today I was asked what kind of papers I have to carry with me. I was asked this from someone who I have worked with for over 5 yrs and I continually have to explain to her that YES I am of Mexican decent and YES I am an American Citizen. But for some reason she always looks at my skin color first. Why is that?

    But seriously, we voted so many intelligent people into office, I have faith (hopefully not in vein) that they will come up with a solution that will not involve racial discrimination or inhumane treatment of any person.

    May 18, 2010 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  10. tuna74

    I under stand what you are saying,How ever It's you that must look at the fact' said to go to a country where you know you are not wanted but are told that if you work hard enough you can make money to feed yourself, buy nice clothes, a decent car, and even have enough money to send home; wouldn't you do it? we never said we don't want you.we have said if you come in legal ,welcome.How can we help you.
    Also their are million's from all over the world that want to come here.they have to us a plane or a boat..they can't just walk across because it's easy.they know that's breaking the law's from the USA. so they read & learn what do they have to do to come to the US to become a legal Citizen. They get a US sponser's that take responibility for them Financialy so that they don't have to take from the US citizen's .Mexico Demand's that also for 5 years if they wanted to immigrate there.You also said they take job's no body want's..
    I am of Puerto Rican Hereitage, My parent's were born American citizen on the island of PR they came in the 1920's
    like many from europe.they did Dishwasher, line cook, working in the fields picking fruits and vegetables, construction laborer making minimum wage? My father earned when i was born in 1934 in NYC. $30.00 a week everyone around us earned the same. our black citizen's still worked in the fields picking cotten & vergetables.for less than what we earned,
    that was an injustice.That's why this nation passed law's for minimum wage..
    They say that the black's don't want those job's today, That's not true either.If you just look at one city ,like detroit.
    our black brother's who are American born citizen left the fields & the poverty of the south & came to the northern state to work in auto plant's & other factory's For minimum wage which was more than they were paid in the south.They still faced segergation even in the north.
    So now we look at a city like detroit where the factory's are gone & no job's for them in the auto industry.
    They still live there because their home's are there, hoping & praying that thing's will change for the better.
    If they could get a job today picking fruit they would take it.But the problem is the Mexican illegal's have come into this country & changed thing's back to when they were slaves.They work for practically nothing & pay no taxe's.
    So now we have greedy food growers that know they have your cheap labor.So when we talk about We should be fair ,Think about what I just explained to you.& how your poor have hurt our American poor.

    May 18, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. DirtyBob

    Why are they letting the Suns play in LA then? They're making money by playing there.

    May 18, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jim

    Maybe we should boycott LA, because they allow their police to beat up black people for speeding.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
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    May 18, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. nookly23

    LA gets water and electricity from Arizona. Wonder who would win that boycott. LA is a slum of a city run by people who hate this country. Well, I think that applies to the entire state. Can't wait for the 10.0 to hit the state. AZ, will have beach front property.

    May 18, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. nookly23

    Elizabeth, I hope your parents are deported and you should be too since you are nothing more than an anchor baby. If your parents came here legally instead of being criminals, then you would be welcome. The mexican people made Mexico the slum that it is and wish to do the same to this country.

    May 18, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
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