Los Angeles approves economic boycott against Arizona

08:50, May 13, 2010      

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The Los Angeles City Council approved an economic boycott against Arizona on Wednesday, in protest of the state's tough anti-immigration law.

Thirteen Council members voted in favor of the economic boycott, with only one member casting a no vote.

The boycott includes suspending all travel to Arizona for city business, and refraining from entering into contracts with companies headquartered in Arizona when legally and fiscally possible.

The Council also called for a review of all existing city contracts with Arizona-based companies to see which can be terminated immediately. It also directed the City Attorney to prepare an ordinance that would require the city to contract only with businesses that are not based in Arizona.

The Council also expressed opposition to federal funds being used to implement Arizona Senate Bill 1070, the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, which is set to take effect in late July or early August.

The law makes it a crime for unauthorized immigrants to stay in the state and requires police to check the immigration papers of those they suspect may be in the country illegally.

Critics say the law violates constitutional guarantees of due process and equal protection, undermines federal authority over immigration and leads to racial profiling.

Los Angeles is among the first cities in the nation to boycott Arizona. Other cities are considering similar measures.

The boycott would involve 56 million dollars in Arizona-related investment, the Los Angeles Times reported earlier.

"This is not just about Los Angeles; it's a significant response to legislation that hurts a whole slice of the population, " said Councilman Ed Reyes, one of the seven Council members who proposed the boycott. "We hope to create an economic ripple effect not only in dollars but also in sending a message to others concerning the discriminatory effect of this legislation."



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