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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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Thank you Tony B, I'm a democrat and totally agree with your points. Doesn't the L.A. Council realize that California has a similar law on the books already? In what society do we live in where someone who breaks the law, doesn't have their legal residency status confirmed and if illegal do nothing about it? Now that's crazy. How do you like that the council is picking and choosing their boycotts. For example, a major airline US Air, operates out of Phoenix and flies into LAX everyday. ARe you going to tell that airline they can't fly here, or they can't pay any revenues to LAX?
Get real L.A., enforce the laws that are on the books. If you don't like it, then change the law.

Most peopple favor laws against illegal imigration. What a lot of people have a problem with including myself is a law which is discriminatory. Just becasue the majority of people apporve of such law it does not make it right, legal or maybe even constitutional. I would bet the majority of poeple polled are not aware of it's discriminatory nature. We already have laws that make being in the US illegally a crime the problem is we do not have the resources to inforce them. The only thing Arizona politicians are trying to accomplish is making racial profiling legal which will never fly. Not in this country -God bless America!!

For those of you, including L.A's Council members how keep carping about how discriminatory S.B. 1070 is, I have one question. . .have you read the law? I have. No where, and I mean no where does that law mention targeting Hispanics. NO-WHERE. So crys of discrimination are totally unfounded. In fact, the law if very specific in how a law enforcement agent can even begin to request documentation proving legal residency. As a matter of fact, S.B. 1070 is a carbon copy of the federal immigration law, and laws like it in many other states.

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