L.A. officials calls for economic boycott of Arizona

08:40, April 28, 2010      

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Two Los Angeles City Council members on Tuesday called for an economic boycott of Arizona over a tough new immigration law.

The two council members, Ed Reyes and Janice Hahn, introduced a resolution which urges the city of Los Angeles to "refrain from conducting business with the state of Arizona including participating in any conventions or other business that requires city resources" unless the immigration law is repealed.

"It's important that the second-largest city in the country respond to a legislative act that, in essence, promotes persecution and racial profiling of a group of people that make up a large number of this country's citizenry," Reyes said.

"More than half of the folks living in Los Angeles are Latino, and for us to do nothing is unacceptable," he said. "For us not to take heed to this action which essentially is promoting this concept that every state can establish their own federal immigration laws is just wrong and dangerous."

If the resolution is passed the city's budgetary and legislative analysts will be directed to assess the city's investments and other business activities in Arizona, which has an estimated 460,000 illegal immigrants, according to Reyes.


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