Los Angeles City Council OKs Arizona Boycott

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


The greatest city in the world today sent Arizona a powerful message. The Los Angeles City Council approved a boycott of Arizona, banning most city travel to the state, as well as future contracts with companies in Arizona.

In a morning-long debate on the resolution, council members compared Arizona’s anti-immigration bill to Nazi Germany and the beginning of the Holocaust and the internment and deportation of Japanese Americans during World War II. The new Arizona law, which will take effect July 23, requires police to check the immigration papers of people they suspect lack legal status.

LA Councilman Ed Reyes, one of the resolution’s sponsors said:

“Los Angeles the second-largest city in this country, an immigrant city, an international city. It needs to have its voice heard. I cannot go to Arizona today without a passport. If I come across an officer who’s having a bad day and feels that the picture on my ID is not me, I can be deported, no questions asked. That is not American.’’

Los Angeles has $58 million worth of contracts with Arizona companies. The council asked boards overseeing the port, airport and city utilities to review all contracts with ties to Arizona.

Way to go, Los Angeles!

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24 Responses to Los Angeles City Council OKs Arizona Boycott

  1. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    I’m frustrated with the government here. Don’t get me wrong, I love Arizona. Especially the hot, dry weather and I don’t think I could live anyplace cold and snowy or, hot and humid.

    But the nutjobs have taken over and I own a home in a city with historically high foreclosures. If I wanted to sell and move, who would buy my house and where would I go?

    I wish I could afford Hawaii.

  2. lea-lea says:

    This is one of the reasons I live here. I’m simpatico with the political culture of LA and I haven’t found another city that even comes close.

    Arizona is becoming more and more isolated every day.

  3. Randy Arroyo says:

    So, San Francisco and Los Angeles have taken a stand against Arizona, boycotting official business? But what about other US cities with huge Hispanic populations like Chicago, Denver, Dallas, and Atlanta? Come on, peeps, step up and join the boycott. The country is watching.

  4. Brigadoon says:

    To quote Posh Spice: “This is major!” ^5^ LA!

  5. Jolly Roger says:

    An excellent start. Now we need to see NYC and Chicago get on board.

    Let the Klansertvatives dry the hell up out in the desert. Stop trading with them, including water.

  6. Chad Lebanon says:

    I checked the Arizona Republic (the big Phoenix daily) and Scottsdale is freaked out by the impact of the immigration law and boycotts will have on their $8 billion dollar a year tourism industry.

    Scottsdale’s tourism had just started to recover from the economic downturn.

  7. kwed says:

    why is this law such a bad thing? Where does it say you need to have your passport? The law states you can’t be stopped and questioned for no reason, that it has to be for something else.

    I don’t get the reasoning behind the hate for Arizona.

    Why are people standing up for something that is illegal?

  8. Don says:

    It’s not surprising that the ignoramae who inhabit the city council of LA that are incapable of reading a contract or hire adequate legal representation to do it for them regarding rate hikes would vote without reading the Arizona Law to boycott Arizona contracts.

    If someone invaded your home and took your stuff because they needed to feed their family is that OK. Illegal immigration is PC speak for invasion of our country. These people come here with the idea of entitlement. aAnd in doing so drive down the wages via competing of those who have legally immigrated to this great land.

    Except for Native Americans this is a country of LEGAL immigrants. Allowing these invaders to take up residence here is a direct slap in the face to every legal immigrant, many who fled tyranny much worse than our Central & South American compadres endure.

    Native Angelino

  9. Conejo1982 says:

    I don’t hate Arizona. Far from it. I’ve stayed at the Biltmore in Phoenix a half a dozen times, where I played tennis, golf and eat some of the best Mexican food I’ve ever eaten in the USA.

    However, what I do hate is the ignorance of people who have let themselves be convinced that deporting Mexican illegals working in Arizona as lawn mowers, taco makers and construction workers, will secure the border between the USA and Mexico.

    Securing the border is the job of the Feds and not local law enforcement.

  10. R.J. says:

    Anyone who’s for this law likely has never been profiled by the po po before –while a legal resident. That is the part of this policy that they never will understand, and why Latinos like myself are hell bent against it.

    We fight your damn wars. We vote. We pay taxes. We are good citizens… and you *still* want people like me to prove it?

  11. papacito says:

    I can’t wait to read how all these overweight, retired Arizona residents in Sun City, Mesa and Fountain Valley start dropping dead from heart attacks when they’re forced to mow their own lawns and paint their own houses in the 110′ heat because they’ve driven all the illegals out of the state.

    I will laugh and laugh and laugh.

  12. Greg Equality Lengkong says:

    papacito — ROFL! I will be right there laughing too.

  13. Madman Mexican says:

    Arizona’s new anti-immigrant law is a symbol of hatred and bigotry. Maybe the state can secede from the U.S. too? Take Texas with you. No one will try to stop you from leaving.

  14. fran says:

    Two words: Adios Arizona!

    Props to L.A. for taking an official stand.

  15. Brad Hulbert says:

    I have always considered myself fairly open minded about this whole thing with immigration, etc. I see one thing that is a big concern over all of this. A lot of the people comming here from Mexico and other countries as well do not seem to repsect the U.S. as did our earlier immigrants throughout our history who have so contributed in our c0untry. The idea that people from another country come here and start flying their flag, burning the American flag and demonstrating in the streets of Los Angeles is a sign that we are losing our identity as Americans and that the result will only be a weaker indicisive society.

  16. Jolly Roger says:

    If someone invaded your home and took your stuff because they needed to feed their family is that OK. Illegal immigration is PC speak for invasion of our country. These people come here with the idea of entitlement. aAnd in doing so drive down the wages via competing of those who have legally immigrated to this great land.

    Jesuski W. Christ, you are an idiot.

    Your heroes are the ones who have left that border wide open, deliberately, to get illegal immigrants to come over so that they could be held as de facto slaves by rich WHITE men, who can threaten them with a phone call to ICE to keep them in line. Your heroes, not co-incidentally, are also responsible for the “free” trade policies that have done so much to drive down the standard of living for you and the rest of your ignorant kind, who happen to be the ones who ACTUALLY have a sense of entitlement.

    It’s a great deal for your heroes-first they flood the country with people that they can keep in bondage, and THEN they can play on the racism and xenophobia of asshats like yourself to get re-elected. And you stupid louts let them do it, time and time again.

  17. Jolly Roger says:

    A lot of the people comming here from Mexico and other countries as well do not seem to repsect the U.S. as did our earlier immigrants throughout our history who have so contributed in our c0untry. The idea that people from another country come here and start flying their flag, burning the American flag and demonstrating in the streets of Los Angeles is a sign that we are losing our identity as Americans and that the result will only be a weaker indicisive society.

    Ever spend much time in a Chinatown? An Italian enclave? Boston? To say that the Mexicans are behaving any differently shows your bigotry and ignorance. But let me try to help you with some education.

    Throughout the history of this country, the good Americans already here have decided to look down on newer immigrants. That causes the newer immigrants to kind of stick together. It happened to the Irish, and the Italians, and the Chinese, and is happening today to the Latinos, and it isn’t even close to unusual. People who are discriminated against tend to stick together. If we can get ignorance like you’ve displayed here tamped down, and we actually make Lations feel like they are a part of our society, things will change-indeed, they are already changing. But people like you are making it very hard for Latinos to feel like they have anything to gain by sitting on their hands and shutting up. That’ll just get them a swift kick in the ass and a deportation.

    Have you ever, even once, thought about why the Mafia was a gang of Italians, or why street gangs tended to be of an exclusive ethnicity? Think real hard about it, and see if you can figure it out.

  18. Massagatto says:

    I have not taken a position on Arizona’s new law, believing the citizens of the state have the right to decide WHAT IS IN THEIR BEST INTEREST. People not living in Arizona say the new law encourages racial profiling and is unconstitutional. I have held this will be DETERMINED BY LEGAL CHALLENGES.

    The law will REQUIRE POLICE ENFORCING AN OTHER LAW SUCH AS A TRAFFIC STOP TO QUESTION A PERSON ABOUT THEIR LEGAL IMMIGRATION if there is “REASONABLE SUSPICION” the person is in the US ILLEGALLY.

    It is a STATE CRIME to be in the country illegally.

    However, my EPIPHANY came when Gov. Jan Brewer signed a law BANNING ETHNIC STUDIES in Arizona State Universities. This action is a CLEAR ATTACK ON NON-EUROPEAN COLLEGE COURSE WORK and is UNDENIABLY RACIST. This action has managed to drag me into the OPPOSITION CAMP NOW OPPOSING BOTH LAWS.

    The LOS ANGELES BOYCOTT IS APPROPRIATE and JUST and I SUPPORT IT.

  19. bob says:

    it just goes to show you how out of touch los angeles really is. everyone in the nation should boycott california for the mess they have created i n their own state. they have allowed the gangs to take over and the illegals to take over. the city council should hand over california to mexico and finally rid ourselves of calling california an american state when actually it is just a third rate broke disgusting place to live.

  20. Prairiedog says:

    Bob,

    A patently ridiculous idea. California is the sixth largest economy on earth. Even in a recession, the state in the 800lbs. gorilla in the room.

    Any calls to boycott California won’t even register.

    Now, tiny Arizona is another matter.

  21. DocJ says:

    THe law is not racist. It does not say one can be stopped for any reason. It does say that if one is stopped for suspicion of breaking the law (speeding, burglary, rape) the office can ask for identification which is also THE FEDERAL LAW since 1952. LEGAL aliens are told in their handbook to always carry their documentation. You liberals have been duped once again

  22. DocJ says:

    The governor did not ban ethnic studies you pinhead

  23. TOM339 says:

    DocJ,

    The only pinhead is you.

    Arizona GOP Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a law banning the state’s schools from teaching ethnic studies classes.

    Brewer signed the bill Tuesday that targets Chicano studies programs currently being taught in Tucson schools.

    Proponents of the bill argue that the classes are designed only for students of a particular race and promote ethnic solidarity over community integration.

    “Public school pupils should be taught to treat and value each other as individuals and not be taught to resent or hate other races or classes of people,” the text of the bill reads.

    The law prohibits the teaching of any classes that promote “the overthrow of the United States government,” “resentment toward a race or class of people,” “are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group” or “advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.”

    Neither the governor nor the bill’s supporters have identified examples where a Chicano studies class has advocated the “overthrow” of the federal government, and the bill’s opponents in the state have expressed outrage over what they see as a law that unfairly targets Hispanics.

    Brewer’s signature banning ethnic studies classes comes nearly six weeks after she signed a controversial immigration law that has prompted boycott calls.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0510/37131.html#ixzz0nuU7Bv5o

  24. Robb Bailey says:

    AZ is simply enforcing a federal law about trespassing in this great nation. Now LA and other lame states want to boycott LEGAL, HARD WORKING, AMERICAN businesses??? Are you out of your mind? I will only buy stuff from AZ businesses if i can help it, and will be vacationing at my AZ home a lot this year.

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