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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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as a californian, i am embarassed for los angeles and for my state as a whole. one of the reasons our state is such poor fiscal shape is for failing to deal with our own illegal immigrant issue. that any californian can be critical of arizona taking steps to begin dealing with this problem is both unbelievable and deeply troubling. it is really beginning to look as if california is beyond saving...

will you let them sleep in your home or yard, i have, will council members do the same ,ask the question?

Good, I'll be boycotting Los Angeles then. All my trips will go out of John Wayne Airport. I'll go to Angels games instead of Dodgers games. Etc, etc.

Why on earth are we not supporting Arizona? They are simply doing what is ALREADY A LAW because the Feds refuse to enforce it!!!

Prop 187 was passed by the voters on Nov. 8, 1994 to deny public benefits to illegal aliens in California.

The next day several lawsuits were filed in California state court (Mexican-American Legal Defense/Education Fund (MALDEF), League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC), ACLU, and others.

On Nov. 11, 1994 a "temporary restraining order (TRO)" was issued by Federal Judge Matthew Byrne (it was filed in Federal Judge Marianna Pfaelzer's court, but she was out (vacation?), so Byrne did the TRO.

An answer was filed by Attorney General Dan Lungren in state court.

Judge Pfaelzer came back and issued a permanent injunction pending trial. Her rationale was essentially a case in Texas in the 1980's (Plyler v. Doe). Texas tried to deny public education to illegal aliens. The Supreme Court ruled for the illegals, based on two pillars:

1) there were supposedly not enough illegal aliens students in Texas public schools to be a financial burden to Texas, and

2) Congress was contemplating an amnesty for illegal aliens in the U.S. (that occurred in 1986), and illegal alien students who were to be made legal would not be educated. Neither of those conditions existed in 1994.

Yes, union field jobs at $30/Hour. Now that is one expensive tomato. But hey, have it your way, after all, it is a free country.
Immigration is an international issue, every country has immigration problems. Yes, even poor countries have issues with other people looking for a better life. Think Haiti and the Dominican Republic - They can't seem to get it right either.
Don't believe the hype about illegal immigration being the reason for drugs and kidnappings in AZ or elsewhere, these criminal activities will continue to happen as long as their is a demand and profit model to feed them - think prohibition.
So what are the waves of immigrants looking for? What service do they provide to a host country and its economy? You want to stop immigration(illegal and legal) then stop the demand on our side of the border. Oh, but wait then we could lose our cheap and required manual labor from Latin America, we could lose our cheap and required medical assistance and nurses from the Philippines, our cheap and required engineers from India. Well I hope you are getting the point by now, you know every immigrant group has been hated in this country - you can just do some simple research on-line and you will find that Benjamin Franklin thought the German immigrants would be the end of American Society, the Japanese got locked up, the things you can find in historical editorials in the press from Chicago and New York about Irish immigrants could make a former U.S. Marine blush (I know this first hand). Italians don't fair any better than the Irish. Yet, decades roll by and they become mainstream Americans - Now some of you will argue that the Mexicans (as the Latin community is typically lumped into one group - you know whats the difference between Asians, Chinese and Japanese - oh about the same as Scott, Irish and English - but that's another story). Let's get back on track - some of you may argue that the Latin community refuses to assimilate in to main stream American Culture - well my friends, my fellow country men (and ladies) you are pre-judging the outcome...let me attempt to explain, you are judging the first immigrant wave, yes the wave, they will never fully adopt a new society, but their children will as will their grand children. Think of all the proud Irish Americans you see on St. Patric's Day, go to a major metropolitan area and visit little Italy, China Town, Japan Town... oh the list goes on and on...So main point - please stop arguing the symptoms and analyze the cause. then if you have a problem with the cause, address the main issue. Stop the demand or accept the fact that our society (as all others) needs the constant influx of new muscle and brains to survive.
signed: A 12 year veteran of the United States Marine Corps. College educated, tax paying, father of four, 1st generation American who would love the opportunity to show my papers to Arizona's finest - that is if our country gave us natural born citizens any papers to carry.

With all the problems Los Angeles has, many caused by being overwhelmed by illegals, the city council decides to attack a state that wants to protect its territory and legal citizens! Just another sign of liberal juveniles running the city. Jan Brewer for President and Joe Arapaio for Homeland Security chief! Boycott LA!!

"Undocumented"??? You are welcome in Los Angeles--just a few hours west of AZ. L A ...the end of the rainbow.....come one, come all......free welfare, free medical.....we are a sanctuary city....the land of your dreams. Why would anybody in the USA illegally want to stay in Arizona???? California here we come!!!!

What about the upcoming series between the Lakers and Suns? Are Laker fans being urged to boycott trips to AZ to see the games... or buying tickets to see the Suns in LA since that is an Arizona team???

I can't believe I've just sat here and read every single comment (I'm serious). What I've noticed is that the absolute majority is in favor of the actions taken in AZ, and an absolute majority is furious with the LA City Council's moronic reaction to something that is really none of it's business. No mention was made (although it's relatively new news) that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill targeting a school district's ethnic studies program. "State schools chief Tom Horne, who has pushed the bill for years, said he believes the Tucson school district's Mexican-American studies program teaches Latino students that they are oppressed by white people." "The measure signed Tuesday PROHIBITS classes that advocate ethnic solidarity, that are designed primarily for students of a particular race or that promote resentment toward a certain ethnic group."

Anybody feel like pooling some money together so we can hire Black Water to come wipe out the city council and fix this city?

How is it that the incompetent council members can be millions of dollars in debt but they have time to pass resolutions telling another state how it should conduct its business? Maybe they should mind their own business!

What if Arizona wanted to cancel their water contract and shut of our supply of Colorado River water?

Remember at the next election how each of these council members voted then kick the whole lot of them out!

So let me get this straight. LA city council has enough time on its hands that it can worry about another state's law? And instead of addressing its own problems, spends all this time & energy talking about another state? And to top it all off, thinks this state is wrong because it enforces the law of the land? It would be funny if it weren't so tragic.

It's not just Los Angeles. Boycotts against Arizona have been voted through in Oakland, San Diego, and San Francisco. The responses to the LA City Council vote are mob-like and uncivilized. From anonymity we emerge with horns and ugliness, as if anyone who "breaks the law" is no longer human. Haven't you ever broken a law before? Let those who haven't ever broken a law cast the first stone. I wonder how many of you work in my office, share a laugh over beers, wait in the same line at the restaurant.

As an Asian American and a former recipient of a racist hate crime, this law in Arizona and this chorus of reactionary callousness have a chilling effect on me. I wouldn't feel safe traveling to Arizona.

So in spite of the numerous local and national polls saying the majority of Americans supporting it, the "L.A. City Council votes to ban travel and future contracts with Arizona because of tough new immigration law". So instead of listening to the legal citizens who voted for these Council members, they chose to listen to those who got here illegally and can't even vote. Isn't democracy grand!!!

I really don't understand why L.A., and other cities are freaking out. The Arizona IMMIGRATION law only further enforces laws that are FEDERAL. Plus, why in the world would another city in the UNITED STATES defend Mexico before a city in it's own country?

L.A Council are bunch of fools.Arizona has the right to protect itself. Arizona GOD BLESS YOU

I and my family will no longer be shopping or doing anything in Los Angeles until the City Council retracts this decision. We do not support ILLEGAL Aliens in our country. Los Angeles keep your nose out of Arizona's business. Very disappointing Los Angeles City Council.

Shop Arizona!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Article 67 of Mexico's Population law is much weaker than the United States' media style sheets that dis-allow the use of the word 'illegal' in conjunction with the word immigrant. Media outlets misrepresent the truth each and every time they refer to Arizona's law as being 'anti-immigrant. SB 1070 is not about immigration, it is about determining who is breaking existing laws.

I found this article by Googling "stupid Los Angeles city council." Enough said.

Fools nothing more than fools,they should asking Arizona how not to go bankrupt!!
They should all be recalled,when you are Against th US constituion and loyal to another country , you are in violation of Oath of Office??
In the last 5 years more people have moved to Arizona from Ca than ever!!

I personally represent many of our American citizens. I can not stand by and watch our country succumb to an invasion of Mexicans that all think the United States stole their land. My parents were born and raised in Los Angeles; before the first wave of illegals came, people could leave their doors unlocked. My parents moved to Orange County in the 70’s and a second huge wave came thru. They moved from their to avoid an unsafe area to raise me and my siblings. However during the 80’s we had to stay put because of finances. I went to Orange High School and made friends with a small group of Chicanos, whom introduced me to hating the police and to learn how to steal. My record has kept me down most of my life. I still managed to educate myself on the history of the United States and Chicano studies. I still to this day have Hispanic friends, some legal some illegal. I am compassionate for less fortunate and understand we are a nation of immigrants. However if Mexico allowed Americans to come to their country and buy to own properties in Mexico, then this act in it self would show compassion to Americans too. I scratch your back you scratch mine “euphemism”. I have had numerous discussions with many people from all walks of life about this issue, prop 187 in California reignited these conversations. The culture is rich with many traditions and I appreciate many of them; however a subculture of uneducated Mexicans and some chicanos and a few latinos are under the impression that they have the right to not take the path to citizenship and follow the rules, that all immigrants have to complete to become a citizen. I am not here to debate who owns this land; but if I did, the indigenous peoples, such as the many Indian tribes should be the ones to stay here. The Mexicans these days have adopted a very bad attitude towards America and the laws WE THE PEOPLE have voted in Arizona.
If Mexicans planned their families, and had a good education and job before they have kids, they would not be so poor and desperate to take any job at any low wage.
Drugs are an opportunity to make fast cash and the subculture has brought to America a huge wave of really deplorable people.
Catholic latino’s have left the church in large numbers, practicing the one and only thing they feel is relevant, and that is not to use condoms. They feel if they breed large numbers they can vote anyone else who is not latino out of power and take the original lands Mexico surrendered. From the history I have studied Mexico did not have these lands very long from what many Indians I have talked too.
Well you decided to boycott Arizona, I and many others will also boycott your city of illegals. I would not even have to write this if I wasn’t right about how Mexico has claimed Los Angeles back and elected a Mexican Mayor.
Democrats for years have manipulated Latinos by promising you citizenship for your vote.
Well I am not too concerned about your take over of lands you people feel our yours, I am more concerned the lifeboat “America” can not sustain so many unproductive citizens. Many if not most do not pay any taxes at all and take from the general fund as evident by all the states next to borders are going bankrupt. The liberal federal government is borrowing from an evil foreign country such as China to pay for all the parasites, whites, blacks, Asians, who can not find decent paying jobs to be a productive member of society. Some people mostly white have taken advantage of this and have more wealth then they could possible ever use in their lifetime.
Your concern about civil rights is false. We are not kicking out legal Mexicans and their families, read the bill, read the bill, read the bill. If you have really read this bill and are still making a political statement and boycott Arizona, it tells me and my fellow Americans that Mexico is invading, and if that is your intentions, we will not go down with out blood shed.
ViVa los Gringos y Nortenos

P.S. I forgot to tell you CHINA is our new government. 2013

L.A.'s Mayor is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SEIU. The city is $400 million in the hole, and these astounding, unspeakable nitwits are chastising a neighbor state for ENFORCING THE LAW! God help us.

Whether it's Arizona's racial profiling law, the Arizona ethnic studies ban, Teabaggers, Confederate Flag Supportrts, or the Birthers, we get it, we've connected the dots: this is your final bigot stand. Enjoy it. But you can't take back the insults. You won't succeed in trying to "shape and intimidate" the growing Mexican-American population, the ones you can't deport. They will remember the ethic slurs and bad treatment they saw from you. Divided we will be, but no one is going anywhere.

And when you've huffed and puffed and are redder than you are now, don't forget to turn your attention back to Wall Street instead of just cowboying up against the people who pick your vegetables and mow your lawns.

God fearing Christians. Yeah. Right.

I think AZ became so harsh on their immigrants that is why LA comes to this kind of action to express their message to AZ.

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