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Two California cities boycott Arizona over new immigration law

The city councils of West Hollywood and Oakland both passed resolutions this week that condemn Arizona's tough new immigration law and institute boycotts on official travel to the state.

On Monday, West Hollywood banned official travel to Arizona and called for a review of contracts with Arizona businesses. On Tuesday, the Oakland City Council did the same.

The boycotts come as officials across California consider responses to the controversial new law, which makes it a state crime to be in Arizona illegally and requires police to determine suspects' immigration status. 

Last week seven members of the Los Angeles City Council signed a proposal for a boycott, and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said he supported the move. In San Francisco, Mayor Gavin Newsom banned city employee travel to Arizona and convened an Arizona Boycott Work group to identify city contracts with Arizona that could be canceled without penalty.

Officials in other cities have made symbolic moves to show their disapproval of the Arizona law, known as SB 1070. The city councils of San Diego and Santa Ana both passed resolutions condemning it.

At the state level, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) has said he supports a boycott. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Monday that he would not back such a plan. 

-- Kate Linthicum

 
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Is the US CODE UNCONSTITUTIONAL?

US CODE TITLE 8 > CHAPTER 12 > SUBCHAPTER II > Part VIII > § 1325

§ 1325. Improper entry by alien

TITLE 8 > CHAPTER 12 > SUBCHAPTER II > Part VIII > § 1324a

§ 1324a. Unlawful employment of aliens

WE DO NOT NEED IMMIGRATION REFORM. WE NEED IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT.

ENFORCE THE LAW


We should treat immigrants like Mexico does:

At present, Article 67 of Mexico's Population Law says, "Authorities, whether federal, state or municipal ... are required to demand that foreigners prove their legal presence in the country, before attending to any issues."

That would simplify things.

Immature boycotts and oppositions are like arrows hitting an armored vehicle, the law SB1070 is approved at 70 percent by AMERICA, tons of proud non-illegal Americans, the sleeping giant, they prepare a summer vacation or other activities with AZ. Also when illegals are gone, no more draining the state billions, eventually AZ will become a real nice and rich state making Mexifornian boycotters so jealous they want to move to AZ too. GO AZ and other following states!

Do you all know that the Red Light Traffic Cameras are monitored and run by a company called Redflex Traffic Systems & this money grab company is based in Phoenix, AZ? From Redflex Website: "This is a significant honor for Redflex. Phoenix is one of the largest cities in the U.S. and is home to our
expanded U.S. corporate headquarters. When it comes to photo enforcement, we have always observed the City of Phoenix to be one of the most knowledgeable and experienced cities in the country." OK, so not only are these unconstitutional ugly devices a blight on our beautiful land, they are run by a truly questionable company. Please, everyone, we must riot like the wonderful people in Greece!! Down w/these horrific eyesores!! And btw, Anahiem CA has banned them for good. Because they know what a slippery slope they are!!! Peace now~

Is Los Angeles going to boycott Arizona for the water and electrical power we get? The media and Latino groups has made this whole thing so much worse! Has anyone been arrested or deported yet? I mean anyone who doesn't belong here?

Completely pointless and stupid. What a waste of taxpayer money and time.

What is in the AZ SB1070 bill that is not in the Federal law that makes illegal immigration a crime? The only difference between the two is the the feds choose not to enfore the law, so AZ has to take it upon themselves to do what the federal government should have been doing all along. Me not doing businees in West Hollywood or Oakland is going to be easy. I support AZ. I would think the the members of the L.Aa City Council who choose to boycot AZ will be looking for a new job after the next election.

does california actually WANT more illegal immigration? it certainly sounds like these cities don't care too much about legal versus illegal.

what's so wrong about choosing to discern between what's legal and what is illegal?

This makes West Hollywood appear rather silly and Oakland somewhat dysfunctional. The Arizona law only makes it illegal to be illegal which sounds legal to me.

It sounds hilarious: To boycott, condemn, and banish Arizona because the majority of legal citizens in that state passed a bill that "makes it a state CRIME to be in the state of Arizona ILLEGALLY". How dare they make being illegal illegal.
!!!! JAN BREWER FOR PRESIDENT !!!!!

Hey L.A. City Council take care of your own city and its myriad of problems and don't worry so much about Arizona!!!!!

Our city officials time could be better spent looking for the "goods" that Wendy Gruel can't find, money spent but nothing to account for it. The law in Arizona is the opposite of what the politicans are preaching and the public knows it. California better hope that Arizona doesn't boycott California with the power that it supplies. The majority of the tax paying citizens support the Arizona law which is to protect it's citizens, after all it is the kidnapping capital of the U.S., the drug and smuggling cartel are rampant-but what more could anyone expect from the politicans of Los Angeles, San Francisco and West Hollywood who can't budget their own checkbooks.

I'm with AZ on this all the way. Why, because I'm a LEGAL American I guess. I will not vacation or spend any money in CA. Our company summer party instead will of course be somewhere in the great Legal American state AZ. Your Texas brother from another mother.

GO AZ!!!!!!

I support Arizona in this, I can no more condemn law enforcement for arrestting open air drug dealers then I can for arrestting illegals. They are both crimes and what is obvisous is obvious. If the US wants to give Texas Arizona and Claifornia back to mexicans, then do this. But don't keep saying that illegals should be tolerated and given a path to citizenship. Go try to croos Irans border and see what happens!!

I support Arizona for taking action on the issue that is directly affecting them, They have the right and they are doing what they feel needs to be done. But the resolution they are aiming for is never going to happen, illegals have been coming here and will continue to find ways no matter what piece of paper this Governor signs into law. The only positive thing stemming from this is all this controversy which will hopefully bring it to light on a federal level. And if they are going to enforce our Constitution maybe they should enforce immigration on all our borders? Maybe now illegal immigration won't be an issue on the back burner only brought up around election time? Especially when Arizona realizes the liability they are taking in profiling the Latino population. Racial Profiling is what it is. I don't think Arizona is going about it the right way, I think they are just breeding an underlying tension between race and putting a face to blame for everything that is wrong. This whole law is not the AMERICAN way at all no matter what you think about illegals or politics!

Oh my my my

BOYCOTT CALIFORNIA WINE

I REALLY LIKE GOING TO THE BEACHES OF CALI BUT THE WAY IT SOUNDS LIKE AZ IS WRONG AND THEY DONT NEED US ARIZONIONS IM GOING TO GO TO TEXAS BEACHES AND SPEND MONEY

These boycotts are going to cause the next civil war if they don't watch it. Grow up, California. AZ is only enforcing federal law.

Add these 2 to my boycott list, thanks.

the boycott is stupid because:

1) You're not going to change Brewer or anyone else's mind.
2) The boycott only harms innocent people (the Arizonans working in hotels, cab drivers, other tourist jobs, etc, etc).
3) Arizona can do the same thing! I've already cancelled a trip to LA and booked a flight to Hawaii instead.

So what did the boycott accomplish?


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