Hundreds of people rally in L.A. against Arizona boycott

08:52, May 26, 2010      

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Hundreds of people rallied in front of the Los Angeles City Hall on Tuesday in protest against the city's move to boycott Arizona over its tough immigration law.

The city council acted irresponsibly in approving the Arizona boycott, said Gary Aminoff, first vice chairman of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County and organizer of the rally.

"The state of Arizona is dealing with its own issues," he said. "It's not up to the City Council of the city of Los Angeles to decide to boycott and cut off funding to Arizona. That only hurts the people of Arizona and does nothing to deal with the issues that the L.A. City Council is ostensibly concerned about."

The City Council voted 13-1 on May 12 to suspend all city- related travel to Arizona, stop entering into new contracts with Arizona-based companies, and review existing contracts to determine which can be legally terminated.

The boycott was initiated after Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed Senate Bill 1070 on April 23, which makes it illegal to be in Arizona without proper documentation.

The measure, which takes effect around August, authorizes local law enforcement to investigate a person's immigration status whenever there is a reasonable suspicion that the individual is in the country illegally. However, it bars solely using race, color, or national origin to question suspected illegal immigrants.

Aminoff called Senate Bill 1070 "a restatement of the federal law" and "closely duplicates" Section 834b of California's Penal Code, which calls for every law enforcement agency in the state to attempt to verify whether an arrestee is legally in the country.

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