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. anniepop

    OK ..let's send all of the illegal aliens here in arizona to california, particularly to LA, let's see the reaction then!! as a legal alien living in arizona and who sees the impact of illegal aliens (ANY illegal alien) i support the law.

    May 18, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • deli_gal

      Until the philosophy that holds one race superior, and another, inferior, is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned, everywhere is war.
      Haille Sellassie/Bob Marley

      May 19, 2010 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. SickOfTheSystem

    This week was the first time this moderate liberal has EVER been in agreement with Sarah Palin. Democrats want the Hispanic vote, and Republicans want cheap labor. NO ONE in the Federal government will fix the problem by securing the border and stiffly penalizing corporations who employ illegal aliens. The taxpayer pays for the social services and the law enforcement, and indirectly for the lost economic opportunities and the free ER health care. Until the Feds step up and fix the problem, Arizona has every right to do whatever they see fit to address the problem.
    I'm sick to death of hearing illegal aliens whine about their "rights". There are so many who have stood in line and patiently waited to enter this country legally. The whiners can play by the rules or go back.

    May 18, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Carla

    I am a Latin, that is not Mexican. that studied in the USA all paid by my family, was granted a visa legally, I am a proud citizen , never got nothing for free. I resent that LA RAZA and LULAC pretends to represent us legal imigrants, I am fed up of people that break the law, gets health services, food stamps, etc FREE, they want to turn our cities in Mexican towns. Lets call Senators to demand that we have an ID for everybody the same way they have all over the world, that US citizenship in NOT granted when parents are Ilegal,. WE WILL BOYCOTT CALIFORNIA AND OUR VACATION WILL BE IN ARIZONA. The same for anybody that boycotts Arizona.

    May 18, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Concerned citizen

    LA is broke and probably can't pay the contracts anyway. However, I can't imagine that you can break a contract just because you don't like a law that a state passed! Who is giving Arnold his information? LaCRAZA or LULAK, maybe Al Sharpton or some other fool???

    Boycott California and BUYCOTT Arizona. More illegals going through Arizona now, just shows their stupidity. Are they going to yell abuse and racial profiling when they get stopped and picked up by the border patrol? Will some hispanic aid group represent them for their poor treatment? Why don't these groups go after the people who smuggle them in and drop them off in the middle of nowhere? ENOUGH IS ENOUGH... Kentucky spoke today, American citizens want congressmen that represent legal citizens and Americans! Adios...

    May 18, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ron

    Don't cave in Arizona... The entire country is watching and most of the country is with you!

    May 18, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • deli_gal

      Ummmm, you are full of caca?

      May 19, 2010 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  6. deli_gal

    How many years can a people exist before they're allowed to be free?
    Bob Dylan

    May 19, 2010 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. deli_gal

    Paranoia strikes deep
    Into your life it will creep
    It starts when you're always afraid. You step out of line, the man come and take you away
    Buffalo Springfield

    May 19, 2010 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. deli_gal

    All we are saying is give peace a chance.
    John Lennon

    May 19, 2010 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. deli_gal

    Think of all the hate there is in Red China, then take a look around to Selma, Alabama.
    Barry McGuire

    May 19, 2010 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. deli_gal

    Why do we never get an answer, when we're knocking at the door?
    With a thousand million questions, about hate and death and war. 'Cause when we stop and look around us, there is nothing that we need. In a world of persecution, that is burning in its greed.
    The Moody Blues

    May 19, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. deli_gal

    It's a fool who plays it cool by making this world a little colder.

    May 19, 2010 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  12. deli_gal

    Hell no, we won't go!
    Anti-war chant

    Viva Mexico, Viva la indepencia!

    May 19, 2010 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Terry

      In the interest of fairness, why not ask all illegal Mexicans to leave Arizona until this matter can be resolved in the courts. Another thought, set-up registration centers where the millions of illegals can sign-up, agree to pay taxes on wages earned, and list the employers who have failed to pay state and federal employee taxes, medicare taxes, and social security taxes. Billions of dollars are falling off the table and people want to challenge the new Arizona Law. Please take time to read the Federal Law that is almost "word for word" what the Arizona Law is, then state your concerns. If the Federal and State Governments fail to get this under control, do not be surprised when average citizens take the law into their own hands.

      May 21, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  13. deli_gal

    Jo Jo left his home
    in Tucson, Arizona, for some California Grass.
    The Beatles (Get Back)

    May 19, 2010 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      Viva the 70's, you may want to smoke some of that California Grass. Thanks for your comments.

      May 19, 2010 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jeremy

    I have realized that for some, it is a pure and true belief that this law will result in racial profiling and there is nothing that can be done to convince otherwise. Just as there are "birthers" and conspiracy theorists who cannot be convinced with evidence contrary to their beliefs. Common sense dictates that something needs to be done to deal with illegal immigration, but politicians are unwilling to put their political butts on the line to enact viable reform. They say "go after business that hires them" or some crap instead of writing into law the denial of living necessities other than employment, such as health services, education, and housing. The denial of these four basic necessities will ensure that only naturalized, legal, and U.S. born citizens remain in this country. Then we don't have to explain why those who come here illegally received preferential treatment and front-of-the-line privileges to those who went through the process legally. To give this preferential treatment would truly be racist.

    May 19, 2010 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
  15. JR

    California to boycott Arizona? California's loss! They have no money anyway.

    May 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
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