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. d-rad

    Oh yea you know what will never get boycotted?? MARIJUANA!! So come on government lets "pass pass" that recreational use bill next..Come on you can do it!

    May 13, 2010 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. Toki

    All i hear is a bunch of in fighting and people playing politics with serious issues. In stead of boycotting AZ has anyone thought of helping them? Has anyone offered an alternative? So instead of offering assistance to a state with some serious troubles, politicians and other state governments are playing politics. Don't kid yourself into thinking its anything else.

    May 13, 2010 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. rs1201

    Arizona has the right to pass whatever laws it chooses and LA has no right to try and dictate to AZ what it thinks is right or wrong. There's plenty wrong with LA and I haven't heard AZ criticising it or calling for a boycott because it disagrees with LA laws. Living in the NE makes me unaware of all the hardships that Americans in states such as AZ suffer as a consequence of the invasion of the illegal immigrants. That being said, I'm not going to pass judgement on anyone. the relatively few illegal immigrants that are in the NE are problematic in that there's a lot of criminal activity in that group and as a result there's a lot of resentment against them. Additionally, the present economic situation is such that the jobs that these illegals are busy doing is taking jobs away from our citizens. They pay no taxes and they are a big burden to our medical system. They run to the ER for every little problem and are treated for free. Although they provide cheap labor for businesses...I think that they are a detriment to our society. I definitely think that if they were present in NY in the numbers that they are present in AZ, I would be in favor of passing laws that would get rid of them.
    They're for the most part very unpleasant people with unacceptable morals and criminal tendencies.

    May 13, 2010 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ron

    What worries me more than any possible boycott is that these city governments think they somehow have the authority to tell someone where they can and cannot travel. That's what they did/do in coomunist countries right?

    May 13, 2010 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. tuna74

    new green card

    May 13, 2010 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. tuna74

    new green card elimanates the fakes

    May 13, 2010 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
  7. Chuck

    California is not a U.S. province. They turned away from everything America really stands for a long time ago. Maybe the San Andreas will finally crack and turn it into an island if we're lucky.

    May 13, 2010 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  8. Umpire Sam

    Ok Arizona here his how you get California
    To just shut up

    Build massive water pumps on both sides of the
    Colorado river, where the Colorado is entirely inside Arizona.

    Then pump out as much of the water that you possibly can to Scottsdale or Phoenix or just go out and make some nice lakes.

    If California wants to boycott Arizona, and Arizona products, let them boycott Arizona water too..

    May 13, 2010 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  9. Charles

    Those that support the AZ law should BOYCOTT California products like produce and fruit. Get your entire family involved. We need America to stick together for this to be felt.

    May 13, 2010 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. Tom

    We could easily solve this problem by issuing a national ID card. Then everybody has an easy means of showing if they are legal.

    May 13, 2010 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  11. bob

    Read the stinking bill you idiots! It specifically outlaws racial profiling and that concept was re-emphasized when the Governor signed the suplemental official order specifically outlawing race as the basis for asking someone their immagration status. Oh that's right, facts don't matter to you illegal lovers and besides, if it isn't written in spanish, you can't read it anyway. Morons!

    May 13, 2010 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  12. Carrie

    Kayla – yes you have to carry a driver's license with you – IF YOU ARE DRIVING. Just like you need a fishing license in most states – IF YOU ARE FISHING. Carrying around your birth certificate with you every where you go – out to the park with your family, for a jog etc., IS NOT what you have to do so don't try and make it seem like it is the same thing and the OH poor me syndrome, "we have to so why don't they???". You couldn't be more off. And illegals DON'T commie more crimes than US citizens. Read facts, don't make them up.

    May 13, 2010 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  13. hvac

    America exists at the expense of the rest of the world. If everyone on earth had the same standard of living, the same excess as America, we'd need 20 earths to sustain it.

    The rich elitists in Arizona are fighting to keep the poor out because the poor threaten their lavish lifestyles.

    May 13, 2010 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  14. onlyrational

    Ok if LA wants to do no more business with AZ in any kind of way.But I really don't think they thought this through.LA gets about 80% of it's power and water from AZ.That's kind of shooting your horse in the desert,you know you just messed up really bad.

    May 13, 2010 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  15. Cindy

    Trip to LA canceled. Trip to Arizona scheduled. Mission accomplished.

    May 13, 2010 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
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