Anti-Arizona motion approved in Los Angeles

11:22, June 02, 2010      

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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion on Tuesday to boycott Arizona in a bid to pressure the state to repeal a tough law targeting illegal immigrants.

The motion, approved by a 3-2 vote, directs the county's chief executive officer to send a letter to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and other state leaders calling for the repeal of the law.

It also suspends all travel to the state for county business unless the travel is considered imperative; ban county investments in Arizona securities such as state or municipal bonds; and review all contracts with Arizona-based or headquartered companies and report on how those contracts can be terminated.

Under the motion, L.A. County departments must refrain from entering into any new or amended contracts to purchase goods or services from any company based or headquartered in Arizona.

The law, Senate Bill 1070, makes it a crime to stay in the country illegally and empowers local law enforcement in Arizona to check the immigration status of people suspected of staying in the country illegally. But the measure specifically bars police from racial profiling. The law will go into effect around August.

"This law simply goes too far," said Gloria Molina, the boycott's primary sponsor. "A lot of people have pointed out that I am sworn as an L.A. County supervisor to uphold the Constitution. All I can say is that I believe that Arizona's law is unconstitutional."

The Arizona law "violates core American civil rights and civil liberties, including the First Amendment right to freedom of speech and expressive activity, the Fourth Amendment right to freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures and the Equal Protection Clause guarantee of equal protection under the law," the motion contends.

"The law sends a strong message to all immigrants to avoid contact with any law enforcement officer, aggressively discouraging witnesses and victims from reporting crimes and making the entire community less safe," the motion states.

"Also, it diverts scarce resources away from law enforcement. It deters individuals from seeking and obtaining needed emergency and medical care, including services to screen and treat communicable diseases.

"As stewards of the resources generated by all of our residents, it is the prerogative of this board to direct our county resources, business practices and investments in ways that do not directly or indirectly provide practical support for this law."

Source:Xinhua

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