Should Arizona now boycott Los Angeles over immigration law protest? [Updated]
Is Arizona going to boycott L.A.?
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday voted to ban most city travel to Arizona and future contracts with companies in that state. It was a protest over the state's crackdown on illegal immigrants.
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 of Japanese Americans during World War II. An 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.
But there are some grumblings on the Web about a backlash from Arizona over Los Angeles' stance.
"Speaking from Arizona, I wonder if my state should boycott California since you all are so discriminatory against gay folks. I also wonder whether we Arizonans should counter-boycott by cutting off the electricity and water that flow from us to you," one reader, Gary, posted on L.A. Now.
"Perhaps the many of us who head to San Diego, Disneyland and such places during the summer and throughout the year should take our money and spend it elsewhere. Or, perhaps the L.A. City Council should focus on their own problems and keep their nose out of Arizona's business," he added.
[Updated at 6:41 p.m.: Arizona's governor, Jan Brewer, said in a statement that L.A.'s action was "thoughtless and harmful."
At the Gateway Pundit blog, it was noted how much electricity L.A. gets from Arizona. "Maybe the LA council members forgot who supplies the city with electricity. 44% to 50% of the city’s electricity comes from neighboring states including Arizona. The Hoover Dam in Arizona has been providing electricity for Los Angeles since 1936"]
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