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. Charles

    Statistically, Fritz. A white supremacist is far more dangerous than an illegal immigrant who just want to feed his kids.

    I know because they do my lawns. I leave my radio or Ipod by the pool.

    My uncle even left his wallet one day when he left for JFK in a rush and guess what IT WAS STILL THERE (yes the money was inside)

    A white suprmenacist will capitalize on his "whiteness" and kill you while you sleep.

    You know I'm right, right? Don't ya

    May 13, 2010 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. Miguel Santiago

    Jose, how many illegal germans do you think there are in Arizona? There are currently around 460,000 illegal Mexicans living in Arizona. Don't you think they should tackle one thing at a time? How many illegal germans are trying to move their drug rings into the USA? It's easy to say it shouldn't be a law if you don't live in that area. You try living in an area full of illegals who lie, cheat, and steal for money. Not all of these people are the hard working rake monkeys that you picture them to be. They expect everything to be given to them. I have an idea, actually READ the law.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jennifer

    Speaking as a white American, I struggle not to be angry when reading a lot of these comments. It seems to me that many (not all) of the people who commented here are ignorant about the experiences of immigrants. Try for a minute to think about it through "their" eyes. Mexico is full of government corruption such that many northern cities are controlled by drug lords while the local and central government turns a blind eye. Sometimes these drug cartels will even kidnap people in the hopes of getting ransom money or making them into their slaves. Add on to the violence and fear that this produces, the fact that government corruption also functions to keep people dirt poor. The average Mexican has no hope of bettering himself or herself financially. To provide for one's family almost requires dishonesty (stealing, demanding bribes, other illegal activities).

    Now, if you were to be stuck in this country in the midst of this violence, corruption, and poverty, might you start thinking it would be nice to come to the U.S.? Ok, so you apply for a visa. No luck. You apply again. And again, and again. Guess what, you're probably never going to get that visa, fool. The American government doesn't trust you nor want your presence.

    So say a person does sneak illegally across the border and manage to arrive safely in California, Arizona, New Mexico, or Texas. Say this person would do anything to get their papers and legal status (common). For many, this is an extremely difficult if not impossible process. There are numerous scam agencies that take advantage of immigrants' vulnerability. To make matters worse, the actual laws for acquiring your green card and eventually your citizenship are very confusing. As an intelligent person getting my doctorate in psychology, I still can't fully decipher these laws.

    I think that we as white Americans need to recognize how privileged we are. Many of us were born into this country; others had the privilege of entering legally and being granted citizenship. Despite what some people think, everyone does NOT have equal opportunity. Sometimes, as white Americans who have possessed certain privileges since the moment of our births, it is easy to think this way.

    I hope my words will make someone ponder, perhaps stand in another's shoes for a moment.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
    • wayne a

      jennifer,just the opposite,after reading your comment i was madder! you're living in a fairytale world.the illegals are straining our schools,our hospitals,our er's,our welfare system,our gov. subsidized housing,our foodstamp program,wick,raising our crime rates and very few pay back into the system.most use our hosp. free,our er's free,most are unlicensed and uninsured so who do you think pays for all of this?most who cross our borders illegally are poor,uneducated and unskilled and are here to get all they can get out of the US and couldn't care less about our country.last year it was est. that they sent 32 billion dollars back to mex.but the main point is they are illegal ,broke our laws and should be treated as such! nobody is against immigration,just ILLEGALS! ! ! ! !

      May 17, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. gobuyanisland

    Charles – you sound surprised that you weren't ripped off – funny since I would have guessed you disliked people that would test illegal immigrants like that.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
  5. Charles

    Patriot Groups

    (note below "angered by changed demographics")

    Patriot groups have been fueled by anger over the changing demographics of the country, the soaring public debt, the troubled economy and an array of initiatives by President Obama that have been branded "socialist" or even "fascist" by his political opponents.

    "This extraordinary growth is a cause for grave concern," said Intelligence Report editor Mark Potok. "The people associated with the Patriot movement during its 1990s heyday produced an enormous amount of violence, most dramatically the Oklahoma City bombing that left 168 people dead."

    The Patriot movement has made significant inroads into the conservative political scene, according to the new report. "The ‘tea parties' and similar groups that have sprung up in recent months cannot fairly be considered extremist groups, but they are shot through with rich veins of radical ideas, conspiracy theories and racism," the report says.

    Unlike the 1990s, the Patriot movement's central ideas are being promoted by people with large audiences, such as FOX News' Glenn Beck and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota. Beck, for instance, reinvigorated a key Patriot conspiracy theory – the charge that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is secretly running concentration camps – before finally "debunking" it.

    The growth of Patriot groups comes at a time when the number of racist hate groups stayed at record levels – rising from 926 in 2008 to 932 in 2009, according to the report. The increase caps a decade in which the number of hate groups surged by 55 percent. The expansion would have been much greater in 2009 if not for the demise of the American National Socialist Workers Party, a key neo-Nazi network whose founder was arrested in October 2008.

    There also has been a surge in "nativist extremist" groups – vigilante organizations that go beyond advocating strict immigration policy and actually confront or harass suspected immigrants. These groups grew from 173 groups in 2008 to 309 in 2009, a rise of nearly 80 percent.

    These three strands of the radical right – the hate groups, the nativist extremist groups, and the Patriot organizations – are the most volatile elements on the American political landscape. Taken together, their numbers increased by more than 40 percent, rising from 1,248 groups in 2008 to 1,753 last year.

    -SPLC

    May 13, 2010 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. DudeNC

    Just so you guys know.. I'm just being radical! I'm ACTUALLY AGAINST THE AZ LAW and this CRAZY RACISM!!

    I was tying to prove a point that it could become extreme.

    Trying to show how crazy, ridiculously it sounds!!

    May 13, 2010 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
    • wayne a

      dudenc,you finally told the truth, i agree you do sound ridiculous

      May 17, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Miguel Santiago

    Wow Charles, I read 2 sentences then realized that it wasn't worth my time to read the rest. Enjoy this smiley face... =)

    May 13, 2010 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. Charles

    Miguel Santiago I know you're not of Latin descent, that's elementary, my amigo.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  9. gobuyanisland

    Discrimination by color – why is it Ok for a border patrol in a green uniform to ask for identification and proof of citizenship, but officers in the tan uniforms create hate against Arizona? These are the laws baby – the federal laws in every state. Boycott USA, not just Arizona if you feel strongly against the federal law.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  10. Larry

    They (AZ) are only inforcing what the government won't do and if you visit another country you have to keep all paper work on you. So whats the big deal, if you are here legally you have nothing to worry about if not go home.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  11. Ray in PV

    Can people get off the trip that we are saying illegal immigrants should have the same rights as A legal citizen.. Please understand... WE DO NOT WANT A LAW THAT ALLOWS LEGAL CITIZENS OF DARKER COLOR SKIN TO BE TARGETED AS CRIMINALS. And there are plenty of Canadians living in the U.S. that are there illegally, but if they live in Arizona they wont be hassled, but anyone of dark color will, just because they look Hispanic. THAT is what's wrong with the law, not the fact that AZ wants to secure its borders and get rid of illegal immigrants.. please stop saying this is about giving illegal immigrants the same rights as legal citizens.. THAT IS NOT THE CASE!!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
    • wayne a

      ray in pv,YOU ARE WRONG,READ THE LAW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      May 17, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Miguel Santiago

    Don't be racist Charles

    May 13, 2010 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  13. Charles

    NOPE, just Arizona. And the boycott is spreading....

    May 13, 2010 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  14. Charles

    Funny enough, I was just going to say that.

    Yes, I am racist (I consider bigots a race of their own) and I am very racist towards them.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
  15. jose

    Miguel, I think it would much better if all latinos and hispanics should just get out of this country. Take everything with use our cultur our food everything maybe it will raise unemployment, my dad is illegal, but all he wants is to just help US have what HE didn't have and as for violence I know more white people who steal than I know mexicans do. look at the arien brothers they are the most dangerous gang here.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
    • wayne a

      jose,sounds good!!!! when are you all leaving?

      May 17, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
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