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!