City of Los Angeles Boycotts Arizona

Council bans city travel, future contracts
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2010 3:00 PM CDT
City of Los Angeles Boycotts Arizona
Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles joins hands with others at a protest in Los Angeles on May 1, 2010.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

There are boycotts, and then there are Boycotts. Arizona is facing one of the capital B variety over its immigration law—by the city of Los Angeles. The council today banned most city travel to the state and future contracts with Arizona companies, reports the Los Angeles Times. Current contracts worth $58 million—many at LAX or the Port of Los Angeles—were spared but will be reviewed. During debate, council members tossed around comparisons to Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.

“Los Angeles is the second-largest city in this country, an immigrant city, an international city. It needs to have its voice heard,’’ said Councilman Ed Reyes. “As an American, 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." (More Los Angeles stories.)

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