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L.A. City Council votes to ban travel and future contracts with Arizona because of tough new immigration law

The Los Angeles City Council, protesting Arizona’s crackdown on illegal immigration, on Wednesday voted to ban most city travel to Arizona and future contracts with companies in that state.

During a morning-long debate on the resolution, council members compared Arizona’s action to Nazi Germany and the beginning of the Holocaust, as well as the internment and deportation of Japanese Americans during World War II. A new Arizona law, which will take effect July 23, will require police to determine whether people they stop are in the country illegally, which critics say will lead to racial profiling.

“Los Angeles the second-largest city in this country, an immigrant city, an international city. It needs to have its voice heard,’’ said Councilman Ed Reyes, one of the resolution’s sponsors.  “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.’’

The action was approved 13-1, with Councilman Greig Smith casting the sole dissenting vote.

The council’s action fell short of a total boycott or canceling all of the city’s $58 million worth of contracts with Arizona companies. Officials with the Port of Los Angeles and Los Angeles International Airport expressed concern about potential effects on those agencies. The council asked boards overseeing the port, airport and city utilities to review all contracts with ties to Arizona, however.

LAX receives $22 million in revenue from two Arizona-based airlines -- US Airways and Mesa Air. The port relies on three Arizona firms for new, low-emission big rigs, part of the city’s “clean truck’’ program that is expected to reduce truck-related pollution at the port by 80% by 2012.

-- Phil Willon in Los Angeles City Hall

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I cannot believe US cities are going against other US cities over illegal aliens! Seriously? You should be joining them!

And - I'm very tired of hearing this issue being compared to nazi's and Japanese internment - those were horrible things done to CITIZENS of this country. THIS issue is about getting illegals OUT. Obama said he would bring back 'rule of law'. THIS is all it's about.

It's just warm air and posturing, and it won't put a dent on Arizona's business with Los Angeles. Still, as an answer for this idiocy, I decided to stop buying Mexican beer - 'cause there isn't anything else to buy from Mexico, anyway. Gone are the Tacos too, I'll go falaffel and deli - I am fine, and I advise anyone who cares about this country to do the same, or more, buy boycotting things mexican -

That's ok. I will boycott LA and spend time visiting family in Arizona.

Someone forgot to mention the pressure and intimidation by thugs from the S.E.I.U.

L.A. City Council= INEPT

Main Entry: in·ept
Pronunciation: \i-ˈnept\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle French inepte, from Latin ineptus, from in- + aptus apt
Date: 1542

1 : lacking in fitness or aptitude : unfit
2 : lacking sense or reason : foolish
3 : not suitable to the time, place, or occasion : inappropriate often to an absurd degree
4 : generally incompetent : bungling

I plan on vacationing in Arizona this summer...I'll be sure to stay at a non-union hotel.
I'll never spend another dime in Smell A!

This boycott business is a two way street. Neither State has much money to spare. The Golden State can only dream of 'once-upon-a-time' it had plenty of gold, but only in name now. Both States would be better to dialogue and not undermine each other. They both need each other in every way possible now with cooperation and encouraging tourist business in each state, as well as doing business as usual for things needed. They have more in common rather than in differences. Boycott terms should be highly discouraged. Coming together as sister/brother/neighborly states is a far better way!!

Good for proud Americans like Ed Reyes to voice their opposition against racial profiling and bigotry. As a fellow American with brown skin, I thank you for the gesture. There are many of us out there, and that's part of the "problem" no doubt.

I will call for and support any boycott of LA, businesses based in LA, and the movie industry. Arizona is only enforcing our border laws. I have nothing against legal aliens. If a criminal breaks a law then they pay the price (jail, fine, etc). Illegial aliens are criminals and deserve to be punished under the law.

I was born and raised here in So Cal. When is Mayor Vilar (AKA Villarigosa) and the City Council going to decide to protect me and my family? What part of the word "United" in the "United States" do they not comprehend? What part of the terms "legal and illegal" do they not understand? What part of legal immigration can they not comprehend? What part of the word "citizen" makes them crazy? What part of their oath of office to defend and protect the legal citizens of this city, state, and country can they not realize? In my mind, they are engaging in an act/s of "treason". They should be imprisoned, or better yet, exiled for life. By letting the illegal immigrants to remain here breeding, corrupting our young with gang violence, drugs, armed warfare, having our streets run by the gang leaders still in prison is "unacceptable" to ALL legal and law abiding citizens of this city, state, and country. These City Council members and the Mayor are guilty of treason. They simply refuse to live up the oaths of office they willfully and knowingly repeated and swore an oath to. I am ashamed to be an American any more.

That's San Francisco, Washington DC, St. Paul, New York City, and now Los Angeles. I think most people agree that something should be done about illegal immigration... but I don't think people signed up for racial profiling. Shame on these Arizona politicians who use scapegoating to manipulate votes.

This is a great move by the Los Angeles City Council, and they have earned my respect.

While I understand that the majority of people in both Arizona and the country are outraged that the federal government hasn't cracked down on illegal immigrants enough, it is somewhat disturbing that they support a seriously flawed Arizona bill that fails to address key economic issues surrounding illegal immigration (i.e. guest workers) and strips a layer off of perfectly legal citizens' right to privacy.

Also, to say that illegal immigration is the cause of California's (and LA's) budget problem is just naive. The entire agricultural industry of the state depends on these people, as does most of the tourism industry which helps drives business. Californians have only themselves to blame for voting through tax-rescinding propositions (e.g. PROP 13!!!) while demanding better schools, universities, and a cleaner environment.

LA city council is an alien life form...

kudos to la city council for doing the right thing. arizona will do nothing but breed hate, ignorance and racism through their new laws.

There are not a lot of places that will extend credit to LA
LA may need Arizona

I can't believe what I am watching? City leaders and politicians making decisions with contracts involving tax payer's money based on their personal feelings about a state law they haven't read. These actions are more discriminating and biased than the law they are criticising and probably illegal. This is just another example of how out-of-control illegal immigration and enforcement has become.

I have been and will continue to boycott LA. I buy nothing in LA, ever. The 9-10% sales tax was my initial reason and now this. I do "empty" the trash build-up in my car whenever I pass thru LA and try to speard it all around an make a nice mess.

Obama recently joked and made a comment about a grandparent taking his grandchild out for ice cream in AZ.
Well taking your child out for ice cream in Colorado resulted in his death! At least the AZ governor is working to make AZ safer.
On September 10, 2008, the parents of 3-year-old Marten Kudlis buried their son at Fairmount Cemetery, a few days earlier, he was killed while waiting for his ice cream in an Aurora Baskin and Robbins. An SUV speeding through the intersection of Havana and Mississippi, with Guatemalan national Francis Hernandez at the wheel, slammed into a pickup truck, which was then pushed into the ice cream shop´s window. The toddler was sitting at a table in front of that window, and was sent flying as the truck came crashing through it.

The two women in the pickup truck struck by Hernandez were Patricia Guntharp, 49, and Debra Serecky, 51. They were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Hernandez who has 12 aliases and two dates of birth, has been arrested an astonishing 19 times since 2003. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation has also, confirmed that Hernandez has been arrested by nine different police departments. Despite his lengthy arrest record and illegal status in this country, Hernandez has never been deported, nor have deportation proceedings ever been started against him.


the city councils in lost angeles and san francisco just offended 60% of america...how does that make sense economically?

Well, I think shopping just got easier in AZ. I don't mean that to be mean, it just means if L.A. is going to boycott, then I'm driving there to AZ to do my shpping, they'll need people with money.
Why pay Calif. sales tax of 9.25% when things will be less expensive there, becuse they will have to lower the prices to bring in people to shop.
I think L.A. is just wanting to be notice as if it's doing a good thing protecting all people under a broken illegal law.
If you are smart, you would see AZ. was getting no response to working out imagration reform that Los Angeles is playing it's own people, cause notice how actors had to jump in too and make statements?
Everyone is already going now to shop in AZ...will YOU BE LEFT OUT TO PAY HIGH TAXES OF CALIF???

Does the word ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT mean anything to anyone? These people have crossed our border and are in our country illegally. Would Mexico or Canada put out their Welcome Carpet if I crossed their borders illegally? NO they wouldn't. I applaud what Arizona did and I hope that other states will do the same. Maybe then our Federal Government who has failed miserably on this issue will get off their duff and finally secure our borders to stop the flow of illegal immigration into our country. I am a proud American whose family immigrated into this country from Mexico LEGALLY.

Are you kidding me? Presently there is no consequence for anyone from another country, yes Canada too, to overstay a Visa and remain in this country. If you are a legal resident in Arizona you will be able to attain a legal drivers license if you are a legal resident...What is the problem? You can now count on having to have a drivers license to drive there, wish California had the same requirements..

All Americans should protest the city council's vote by picking their own lettuce! Quick, run to the fields! Yeah, I didn't think so.

But hey, you can always boycott Taco Bell for telling you to make a run for the border...?

The Los Angeles City Council is clearly out of touch with its constituency along with those in Sacramento. I think "We the People" have two options; either elect new representatives or leave the State to fail on its own. When I retire in a few years, there is a good chance that I will be taking my pension with me. When I sell my overpriced house in California I will be able to buy a home in Las Vegas with no State income tax and a vacation home in Arizona with money left over. I am coming to the realization that other States have much more to offer -- lower taxes, a feeling of community, better schools, safety, and a respect for the law.

Los Angeles is surviving on borrowed time. It's mortgaged its future by overspending and burdening future generations. Unless our leadership solves the real problems we face, I am simply going to leave my native State.

Goodbye California.

I'm going to Arizona for my vacation and I plan on spending lots of money there!
Try to stop me!!!!

This California law below my comment has been on the books for years in the California Penal Code.

So what's the big deal about AZ law. Is it that AZ cops must FIRST LAWFULLY detain an person for another suspected or probable illegaly activity, and have REASONABLE SUSPICION, NOT BASED ON RACE, during their LAWFUL inital contact for another illegal activity that a person might be here illegally? ILLEGAL IS NOT A RACE!!

834b. (a) Every law enforcement agency in California SHALL fully
cooperate with the United States Immigration and Naturalization
Service regarding any person who is arrested if he or she is
suspected of being present in the United States in violation of
federal immigration laws.
(b) With respect to any such person who is arrested, and suspected
of being present in the United States in violation of federal
immigration laws, every law enforcement agency shall do the
(1) Attempt to verify the legal status of such person as a citizen
of the United States, an alien lawfully admitted as a permanent
resident, an alien lawfully admitted for a temporary period of time
or as an alien who is present in the United States in violation of
immigration laws. The verification process may include, but shall not
be limited to, questioning the person regarding his or her date and
place of birth, and entry into the United States, and demanding
documentation to indicate his or her legal status.
(2) Notify the person of his or her apparent status as an alien
who is present in the United States in violation of federal
immigration laws and inform him or her that, apart from any criminal
justice proceedings, he or she must either obtain legal status or
leave the United States.
(3) Notify the Attorney General of California and the United
States Immigration and Naturalization Service of the apparent illegal
status and provide any additional information that may be requested
by any other public entity.
(c) Any legislative, administrative, or other action by a city,
county, or other legally authorized local governmental entity with
jurisdictional boundaries, or by a law enforcement agency, to prevent
or limit the cooperation required by subdivision (a) is expressly

It's beginning to look like the U.S.A. is going to be left with 49 states. Just about all that's left to Arizona is to declare its independence.

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