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Activists to protest Arizona boycott outside L.A. City Hall

"Tea party" activists were planning to stage a small rally Tuesday morning outside Los Angeles City Hall to protest the city's boycott of Arizona businesses because of the state's crackdown on illegal immigration.

The Los Angeles City Council voted 13-1 earlier this month to ban most city travel to Arizona as well as future contracts with companies in that state. Council members argued that the Arizona law, which requires police to check the immigration status of those they stop and suspect to be in the country illegally, would lead to racial profiling and discrimination.

Boycott opponents said the protest is meant to send a message that many Angelenos agree with Arizona's tough stand on illegal immigration and view their city's official response as politically calculated.

"This is really about the City Council making a statement to curry favor with Latino voters in Los Angeles," said Gary Aminoff, a vice chairman of the California Republican Party and one of the organizers of the protest. "The City Council should consider the views of its constituents before making decisions."

The hourlong rally on the south lawn of City Hall was scheduled to start at 8:45 a.m. and is expected to include half a dozen speakers, mostly from Republican and tea party groups. Aminoff said he expected between 100 and 500 demonstrators.

Cities across the country -- from Seattle to Boston -- have passed similar boycotts in recent weeks. Los Angeles' could have the biggest economic impact because it is the largest city to pass such a measure.

Other communities, however, have voiced support for the immigration crackdown.

Legislators in Tennessee passed a measure Monday praising the Arizona law, and last week the Costa Mesa City Council passed a resolution declaring itself a "rule of law" city when it comes to the enforcement of federal immigration laws.

Public opinion remains divided, however; a national poll taken earlier this month found that 55% of respondents approved of the Arizona law.

-- Tony Barboza

 
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Where are the tv cameras,radio stations, I am trying to find you,If you were not legal there would be cameras all around you and I would be able to view you on TV and here you on the Radio.Where is everybody,Do the people in LA really care about anything? Or is it to late.God bless thoes that care,I Thank You.

I'm boycotting alright. Boycotting LA, that is (and I'm an Angelino). America, we need to wake up can't you see AZ vs CA. Why are we fighting each other over people who should not be in our country to begin with. If we fight each other, then the illegals and their supporters win.

The morons that run this city should be tarred and feathered they are a complete mirror of the dysfunctional government

"Public opinion remains divided, however; a national poll taken earlier this month found that 55% of respondents approved of the Arizona law."

Divided? is it like 55% approve 10% unsure and 35% disapprove. Isn't that mean the majority still approved of the Arizona Law?

The vast majority of the country supports this law.

Protesting a boycott? What?

Why are you saying this is only about Republicans and Tea Party activists? I'm a Democrat and share the same principals these people are espousing. In fact, I've written in previous comments the very same things these people are protesting. The LA City Counsel has absolutely no business butting into the politics of another state. To boycott law abiding citizens of another state and sever legaly binding contracts already in place is wrong. They have plenty of work to do here without wasting taxpayer dollars by spending time outside their job descriptions. They should all be recalled immediately and replaced with people who are able to tackle the responsibilities of what is ailing LA.

["This is really about the City Council making a statement to curry favor with Latino voters in Los Angeles," said Gary Aminoff, a vice chairman of the California Republican Party]... ["The City Council should consider the views of its constituents before making decisions."] In LA, Aminoff should know that the people who are Latinos and the people who are constituents are the same.

It's funny how often the Pot calls the Kettle black. That these Tea Party activists claim that LA is using the boycott as a way to curry favor with Latino voters is laughable. Isn't that what the mostly white, Republican, and conservative supporters of the law in Arizona were trying to do - curry favor with the Tea Party?

If you are for the Arizona law, you can't honestly call yourself a libertarian. The Tea Party is showing their true colors: social fascists who don't want to pay taxes.

Its good to see people defending Arizona. This is not something Hispanics in la should be having animosity against whites and blacks for. This is an issue of people supporting the laws of this country. On memorial day how many Hispanics will be out at parades wearing red white and blue and waving American flags? Something tells me most will be home drinking corona listing to music in another language with Mexican flags hanging from their cars and homes. They don't support or care about this country, so if they're here illegally they should be sent back. Real Mexican Americans make the effort follow the laws of this country. Illegals just want to drain the system and take cash back to Mexico leaving united states tax payers to clean up the mess.

"This is really about the City Council making a statement to curry favor with Latino voters in Los Angeles," "The City Council should consider the views of its constituents before making decisions."

The city council only considers the opinions of those constituents who are most likely to riot.

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
Abraham Lincoln

Vote Poizner and help take back California from the Illegal Alien Invasion!!!

Boycott Los Angeles!!! There are lots of neighboring cities that deserve your business.

I guess these so called Tea Party members couldn't find a local KKK rally to attend, so this was the closest thing they could find. Nice to see they are showing their true colors, or their one true color I should say.

Darrell Gates has passed...RIP

The story line is about to change, finally

Registered L.A. voters now have no more excuses,its time for more than the usual 15% of registered voters to vote in November elections! The L.A.Mayor and City Council are openly advocating for illegal aliens and are unregistered representatives of President Calderon and Mexico and against legal U.S. citizens!
Arizona's Law is a good start!

Public opinion remains divided, however; a national poll taken earlier this month found that 55% of respondents approved of the Arizona law.

Wait didn't the Times own pill show something in the 80% range of approval of the law?
And yet another poll had the percentage at over 70%?

To all that have posted a comment on this issue. Don't forget that all of this that is going on either in Arizona or Los Angeles is just politics. Elections are coming up so Arizona has the republican votes and Los Angeles are seeking votes from the democrats. No matter what happens there will always be cheap labor. In reality the focus should be against the employers that find ways to manipulate the system. Think about it. Corporate America needs this kind of labor, hard working people that are willing to work no matter what.

Now the Republican party acts like they were against illegal immigration all along. Goeorge Bush was waving them in as many as he could to take what was left of America after selling us to the largest communist country in the world (China). What a joke.

"This is really about the City Council making a statement to curry favor with Latino voters in Los Angeles," said Gary Aminoff, a vice chairman of the California Republican Party and one of the organizers of the protest. "The City Council should consider the views of its constituents before making decisions."

Note to the person saying this::: LATINO VOTERS ARE THIER CONSTITUENTS!!!

Derek,

No facts, just name calling? Just like the other aspects of the anti-AZ crowd.

What if you had a protest and no one showed up? It does more harm for your cause than good, especially when people can't even really figure out what your cause is. People who agree with the City's boycott of Arizona aren't going to change their minds because someone has a protest that no one shows up to. Spend your energy more efficiently next time. Educate voters at a level they understand and then get them to the voting booths.

It's a small step for an illegal alien to vote illegally, so the city council curries favor with the illegal aliens.

 
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