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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 WAS BORN AT LA GENERAL HOSP. IN 1944 , I AM SORRY TO SEE THAT CALIF PEOPLE ARE MORE RACISITS THAN WE ARE BY CALLING US THAT AND BOYCOTTING US YOU ARE IN THE LONG RUN HURTING YOURSELVES,WE CAN BOYCOTT CALIF. BY NOT GOING TO YOUR AMUSMENT PARKS , BEACHES ETC. JUST AS WELL! THIS LAW THAT WE HAVE IN ARIZONA HAS BEEN ON THE FEDERAL BOOK FOR DECADES SO WHATS BEEF ALL ABOUT, DO SOME HOMEWORK BEFORE YOU START CONDEMING A STATE I AM AN AMERICAN OF HISPANIC DECENT WITH MEXICAN HERITAGE IN MY BACKGROUND DO YOU! MY PARENTS WERE BORN IN THIS GREAT STATE OF ARIZONA , WE ARE AMERICANS THAT WANT TO PROTECT OUR BORDERS FROM INVASIONS OF PEOPLE OF ALL NATIONALITIES THAT DO COME INTO COUNTRY OR STATE WITHOUT PROPER DOCUMENTATION. IF WE GO TO THIER COUNTRY WE ALSO ASKED OUR DOCUMENTS ALSO .

"As an American, I cannot go to Arizona today without a passport," declared Los Angeles City Councilman Ed Reyes, "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.''

That statement is patently untrue and irresponsible. The people of LA should take issue with a City Councilman that is willing to stand in front of them and lie to their faces. What else is Ed willing to lie about? We, every one of us, need to stand up and call these things out, point out the politician when he or she lies, ask them why they cheat and steal, DEMAND that they honor the people of the United States - all people, all races, all colors - by representing us with honor and integrity.

Time to clean house... left or right, democrat or republican, liberal or conservative, they all have forgotten us.

Glad to see that Los Angeles City Council members are not only qualified officials, but historians as well. Perhaps we need to pay them a little more money due to their ability to refresh us with historical facts. An old adage,"And while Rome was burning".........
It is truly amazing to watch elected officials defend "illegal" individuals, while they support the city prosecutor's prosecuting "illegal" individuals for breakng the law. What's wrong with this picture..........

City Coucil should spend their time solving the budget crisis with out cuts to vital city services. It seems dumb to me that they are going to go over every contract looking for traces of Arizona in it rather than search them for waste and inefficiencies. At any rate, LA has no place boycotting a state over a law like this. I've read the text and it does not set up any racial profiling. The first question any officer asks any person including a caucasian male such as myself is to present your driver's license and registration. There is too much hype by people who dont know what they are talking about and among them are our mayor and the city council. I'll see you all on my vacation this summer in Arizona.

I have decided to stop selling my products in California. I take it as a personal insult that LA has decided to tell us how to enforce the law.

I assume that the Lakers will NOT be coming to our state? Or do you not have the courage of your convictions.

This is notice to the LA City Council that I will be boycotting Los Angeles until this Arizona boycott has been lifted, and will be encouraging others to do so as well. Further, my business will immediately stop soliciting any retail business in Los Angeles in hopes that in a small way this will deny the city of sales tax revenue. As an American of Latin decent, residing in California, I am sickened by Los Angeles' action, and I am particularly amazed that a city with so many problems would waiste time in another State's business.

I am the son of immigrant parents,one of which was born in Mexico.
I would be proud to state my status in this country, that I love, to anyone.
If residents of this country are here legally, they should feel the same way.
The LA City Council are being afraid because of the large hispanic pop-
ulation that would loose them votes. It's obvious. Breaking the law is
wrong.

President Obama's failure to help Arizona with its border is wrong
and impeachment is in order for him and the people that advise him.

To economically boycott during this recessionary time is ignorant
and irresponsible.

If we live in a lawful society, and there are some who are breaking a law, (i.e. immigration law), then what is wrong about enforcing that law? I fail to understand why there even exists a concept of citizenship if anyone at all who is physically present in the country is a de-facto citizen, (as some seem to think should be the case).

This is not about human rights issue any more than saying that someone who's stopped for speeding is a human rights issue. Why would a police officer be any more likely to deport someone than to throw someone in jail for speeding? This is a legal issue, plain and simple. We have a concept of citizenship. There were reasons for this. Arizona has chosen to enforce its laws. It has that right, and LA certainly has the right to boycott.

The unfortunate thing, as another poster mentioned, is that the LA government is spending time and money on activism when the whole state of CA is in serious financial trouble.

Wow this is so ridiculous! LA city should be ashamed for doing childish boycotts (while much of America likes the law and prepares a vacation to AZ), reminds kids fighting over lollypops, who has the biggest, who has most candy. Looks like LA is JEALOUS that they did not have the guts to do it first!

They're retarded. There's a reason it's called ILLEGAL immigration. Do they want to encourage people to break the law? I don't want illegal immigrants here, either. I might move to Arizona.

LA just LOVES to shoot themselves in the foot, don't they?

I think AZ isn't doing enough... They should trace everyone's ancestry back to those who are descendants of an illegal rancher, homesteader, miner, tycoon, etc. and put them on a boat and send them back to the continent where they came from. Any suspicious looking Euroamerican whose ancestors brought disease and intolerance to this land will be subject to due process under International Law and the 300 years of treaties made with sovereign Native nations for the genocide and destruction they brought to this land.

Well, that wouldn't solve anything. Would it? See how far racial intolerance goes and the inherent right of "Americans" to this land, and you might find yourself back in Europe where they hate you.

Get over it. We're all immigrants in some way. Let's find some common ground and maybe AZ and the rest of the country will stop making racist laws.

Pelosi Calls for Amnesty for Illegal Aliens
Thursday, May 13, 2010
By Nicholas Ballasy, Video Reporter


(CNSNews.com) -- Speaking at the Asian-American and Pacific Islanders Summit held at the Capitol on Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for amnesty for illegal aliens in the United States, a proposal she called a “path to legalization."
http://cnsnews.com/news/article/65888

Arizona is the only state with the courage to stand up against law breakers and that is exactly what people who sneak into our country are, law breakers..
We have laws for a reason and people to enforce them.
Since the beginning of this year over 150,000 hispanics have been arrested in the Tucson area alone thru border patrol and we aren't even half way thru the year.
Border patrol investigates to see if you are illegal or not,you will not be deported until it is clear that you do not belong here.
We do not need any more law breakers in our country,we have enough already.
Go back from where you came and do it the right way, no amnesty you broke the law knowingly and intentionally.
My grandparents did it the right way. Illegals have no rights in this country and deserve nothing but a trip home.
We do not reward bad behavior or criminals.
Stop trying to make this out a witch hunt, only illegals have anything to worry about. It goes without saying that the majority are hispanics get over it

L.A. is the perfect example of a city run by useless pieces of garbage. The politicians there have been motivated by greed forever. Look what the result is. One of the most polluted, crime infested filth holes in the U.S. What moron would even care what some low life council member would have to say? This idiot would sell out his own daughter for votes.

Who do these council members think they are?
Arizona is protecting itself from illegals which is more than the money grubbing LA council members are doing for LA.
We all need to join forces and vote these dumb politicians out at the first chance.
Let them know that the will of the people is paramount. What do they not understand about 70% of America supporting the Arizona Law.
I intend to boycott LA in return, I will travel to Orange County to buy anything significant. The sales tax is less there anyway.

This is the typical reaction of criminals whenever someone announces that the laws will be enforced.

Interesting memo at work this morning: "Until further notice, there will be no sales or deliveries to the State of California" - I guess what goes around, comes around, huh?

I have informed LA Chamber of Commerce that I am discouraging anybody I know from visting LA or buying anything from CA. Knife cuts both ways.

I was born in Guatemala. I came to the United States 40 years ago. When I arrived I had one goal in mind, to go through the legal process, to become a US citizen, that's exactly what I did. I'm proud to be in this country who has giving me the opportunities to achieve my dreams.
I'm in favor of the new Arizona law, I wish other states would follow them. Most Illegal Aliens in this country are here to take advantage of the US system and commit criminal acts.
I have met several Mexican women who have told me they keep having children to get help from the Government.
Also you have all this women working under the table as a housekeepers or nannies, and all the money they make the Government will never see one penny.
These women and their husband's are working in CAR WASH SERVICES, CONSTRUCTION WORKERS AND AS GARDNERS, etc.
With their combined income, they make more money than anybody who has the right to be in this country. They take advantage of all these services ( which they get for free), but they don't pay any taxes for these services.
Look up the statistics of all the emergency facilities being closed because they use it and they don't pay their bills.
They use healthy families for their children and they have money to pay for their own insurance.
Most of the money they make they send back to their families in Mexico. Do you know, why the president of Mexico is angry with this law? It is because he knows if they start sending all the Illegal Aliens back to Mexico they will never see the money that they getting now.
Illegals have ruined this country, Illegals have destroying the infrastructure of many states, the United States can't continue to support MILLIONS OF ILLEGALS who have been abusing the system for decades.

I started my own boycott of Los Angeles today.

For 6 years I have been purchasing supplies for my business from a company based in Commerce (East Los Angeles), but today I made my first order from an alternate distributor in North Carolina.

The way I figure it.. if 67% of the country supports Arizona's law, and even half of those who support AZ's law boycott LA to make a point, we can destroy its already shakey economy. Sounds good to me.

Ridiculous.
They're overreacting.

I was worried that louisiana had made such a stupid move
La council should have their citizenship checked

So, if LA is going to stop doing business, I suppose the LA Lakers, LA Dodgers, LA Angels and any other team from LA - Football not included :-) will just not show for their away games in Arizona?

@L.A. Times Website News Editor...
Stories about L.A. City Council should be listed under the CRIME section.

 
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