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. DudeNC

    USA has lost it's talent, our education system is failing. I own my own business, and work in a high profile job in IT as well..

    I can tell you without a doubt that talent is gone, the education system needs to be revamped. The most talented are normally not white Americans. It's quite the opposite, it's normally someone from over seas.

    We need smart people to UNDERSTAND the ROOT problem not surface problem. You will never solve a problem when you try to fix the surface (effect of the cause), you will only cause MORE problems.

    With the violence issue, that is a surface problem, the root problem I already stated.

    it's cause and effect.

    We need immigration reform, but what AZ has is NOT IT.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Rick Geary

    These comments are disturbing coming from folks who live in the first and greatest democracy in the modern world. While Arizona has a right and duty to inforce the law, it actions and continuing actions are exposing the xenophobia that seems to be overtaking this nation. When we witnessed the rise of totalitarian regimes in Germany and Russia in the 1920s and 1930s, we told ourselves it could never happen here. I hope we were right.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. julio

    Remember the L.A. Riots? Why where they caused? Racial profiling.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. hector

    I think this is the right time to stop RACIST !! Let"s SUPPORT THE BOYCOTT this is the right time to stand up and DO NOT GIVE UP !!! It is all about dignity and all latinos need to wake up !!and show that we are humans and we just like to work hard ! it is time for latinos presidents to support their people ... say yes to BOYCOTT yes we can !!!!
    IN GOD WE TRUST

    May 13, 2010 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. julio

    Si se puede!

    May 13, 2010 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
    • wayne a

      first julio,read the law!!!! there is no profiling or racism.second,i don't know what the hell si se puede means but this is the United States of America where we speak english so you can kiss my @##$$%%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      May 17, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • deli_gal

      "yes, we can!" Viva Cesar Chavez!

      May 19, 2010 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. jerryinla

    Califonia can bycott all they want. They are bankrupt because of illegals and have no money. In fact, I just canceled my family's trip to Disneyland. We're going to the Grand Canyon in AZ instead! How about the entire U.S. boycott L.A.? Now that's a great idea. That's what my company will do and what I will propose to several other companies of which I am a member of the Board of Directors. How about L.A. enforce the current immigration laws? Go Phoenix Suns! Kick the Lakers

    May 13, 2010 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
  7. Bella Jones

    I can't believe that Americans are fighting for the jobs of immigrants, and don't know that there is virtually no process for unskilled immigrants without relations in the U.S.to apply for permanent legal residence, so get educated don't be ignorant, you let the door open for this people, and stop been the demand for DRUGS. http://reason.com/assets/db/07cf533ddb1d06350cf1ddb5942ef5ad.jpg
    GOOD FOR LA

    May 13, 2010 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mac B.

    QUESTION: Are all the homeless people in Arizona going to be deported? And if so, where are they going to be deported to?

    Homeless people don't have driver's licenses or state IDs. If they can't proove residency and citizenship then off to Mexico they go!! Yay, America can finally fix the overwhelming problem with homelessness!!

    May 13, 2010 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. Chris

    We were considering moving our Inc to Arizona, but it is over now.

    I understand you have a problem, but the problem was growing for years and nothing was done as business was happy hiring low pay workers on conditions which do not correspond with civilized standards. Now you want to hold those people responsible for your negligence by profiling them.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
    • wayne a

      chris its evident that you have not read the law! second we don't want you or your business here!

      May 17, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. amazed

    i find it hard to believe that most people are not aware of federal law that has been in place.
    It is already required that all immigrants who are here legally with a green card, to carry that card at all times. Like all government issued id's, it is the property of the government and must be surrendered to a government official when asked. The Arizona law, only makes a federal crime a state crime as well. The bill itself was changed shortly after passing to exclude the probable cause clause and only requires the checking of immigration status when a misdemeanor or other crime has been committed. This goes for every person. There are white illegals, asian illegals, black illegals, an illegal is not defined by color but rather the method they chose to get into the country. People who do it will have visa's, people who don't won't. this law, like justice herself, is blind to color or ethnicity.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:59 am | Report abuse |
  11. DudeNC

    amazed: The fact that an amendment was made days after the AZ bill should have been a clear indication to any intelligent person that it was ill conceived in the first place.

    May 13, 2010 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
  12. Angela

    I'm legal because I was born in CA, but my parents and sister are illegal. They all learned English, my parents work hard and were solicited by business owners who even provide them transportation to work. They escaped third world conditions to try for a better life, my sister who was chronically sick as a young child couldn't get better because of the quality of their living conditions and water. My father was working for an American manufacturing company in Mexico and still could not provide for his family. American citizens helped them across the border to benefit monetarily and then American businesses benefited monetarily. We are exploitable people which history has proven, but we just want the dream. Isn't there room enough for all of us? I live in fear for my family and worry that I may arrive home to find I am all alone in this country. I wish I was spoiled and never feared deportation, starvation, exploitation, and faced degradation and mockery. God bless us all and I pray for peace and tolerance.

    May 13, 2010 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
  13. Bella Jones

    Probably many homeless people is white and color eyes, so don't worry they'll stay in beautiful AZ........................................ so you can keep them.

    May 13, 2010 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
  14. amazed

    to deflect the main argument on such a small point is very detrimental to the conversation itself. please reply with a well thought out, logical answer please. deductive rather than inductive.

    May 13, 2010 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
  15. amazed

    that last comment was meant for DudeNC

    May 13, 2010 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
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