Pressure continues to mount in California against Arizona over immigration law

08:33, April 29, 2010      

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California political leaders joined a chorus in calling for boycotting Arizona over an immigration law, a newspaper report said on Wednesday.

Calling the law a "disgrace", the leader of the California Senate, Darrell Steinberg, said the state should consider a boycott, the Los Angeles Times said.

In a letter to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steinberg asked for an inventory of Arizona businesses and government agencies with which California does business.

"The Arizona law is as unconscionable as it is unconstitutional, and the state of California should not be using taxpayer dollars to support such a policy," Steinberg wrote.

The law, signed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer last Friday, makes it a crime to stay illegally in the United States.

Seen as the toughest legislation in the nation, the law will require anyone whom police suspect of being in the country illegally to produce "an alien registration document," such as a green card, or other proof of citizenship such as a passport or Arizona driver's license.

The law also makes it illegal to impede the flow of traffic by picking up day laborers for work. A day laborer who gets picked up for work, thus impeding traffic, would also be committing a criminal act.

The law is scheduled to take effect 90 days after the legislative session ends this week.

On Tuesday, seven members of the Los Angeles City Council signed a proposal for a boycott, calling for the city to "refrain from conducting business" or participating in conventions in Arizona.


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