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L.A. County boycott of Arizona approved by divided Board of Supervisors

Martin Santiago, right, and daughter Lucero, 3, of Van Nuys walk past a mural on Broadway on their way to May Day march for immigrant rights in downtown Los Angeles to protest tough new immigration law in Arizona.

After heated debate, Los Angeles County supervisors voted 3 to 2 today to boycott Arizona in response to the passage of its controversial illegal immigration law.

“This law simply goes too far,” said Gloria Molina, the boycott’s primary sponsor. “A lot of people have pointed out that I am sworn as an L.A. County supervisor to uphold the Constitution. All I can say is that I believe that Arizona’s law is unconstitutional.”

Molina’s boycott was supported by Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Mark Ridley-Thomas and opposed by Supervisors Mike Antonovich and Don Knabe.

“We need solutions, not boycotts,” Antonovich said.

Ridley-Thomas was the last to announce his position and was the focus of much of the public comment, drawing dozens of people on both sides of the issue.

Among the speakers against the boycott were the family members of Jamiel Shaw II, a football player who was recruited by Stanford and Rutgers before he was gunned down in 2008, allegedly by Pedro Espinoza. A member of the 18th Street gang in the U.S. illegally, prosecutors say, Espinoza had been released from jail a day before the shooting after serving time for an earlier offense.

Molina first proposed suspending county-funded travel to Arizona unless the county’s chief executive determines it would seriously harm county interests.

The boycott also calls for a divestiture of Arizona’s state and municipal bonds by the county’s pension fund. The county’s auditor-controller estimated that the county has spent about $122 million over the past five years on Arizona goods and services.  Treasurer-Tax Collector Mark Saladino said the county had no commercial paper or investments that would be affected by the boycott.

The Arizona law requires police to determine the immigration status of anyone they stop and suspect is in the country illegally. It also makes it a state crime to lack proper immigration papers. Top U.S. Justice Department officials have drafted a legal challenge asserting that Arizona's law is unconstitutional because it impinges on the federal government's authority to police the nation's borders.

-- Garrett Therolf at the L.A. County Hall of Administration

Photo: Immigration protesters after a May Day march in downtown L.A. Times file

 
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I strongly recommend Arizona place an export tax on all electricity sold to Los Angeles. The tax should raise 10% more than is lost to the LA Boycott.

Will the LA County Bd of Supervisors also boycott California for having 'gone too far' and enacting an 'unconstitional' 'show your papers' criminal statute at California Penal Code section 834b? Oh, and by the way, Subsection (c) of Penal Code section 834b, makes it a crime for "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... ."
That'd probably cover boycotts too.

What a bunch of fools when most American adults support what Arizona is doing to secure and protect the state from an invasion of TAX USER!!!! into the state

The Stupidvisors are backing criminals who steal your identity, tax money and futures. Americans wake up! Illegal alien criminals are coming to your town next.

It is a sad day when politicl correctness over rides our responsibility and support for our own nation. I hope they vote every one of these council members out when the time comes. I also hope that LA secedes from the nation, the complete a total respect for the law is ridiculous. But how can they expect others to follow the law when they are corrupt and break them in their favor anyway???

I guess LA will soon be boycotting San Francisco as they will be cooperating with ICE starting next week by checking the fingerprints of everyone arrested.

Wondering when the supervisors will decide to boycott the state of California, since the state of California has EXACTLY the same law on its books.

I believe this boycott is going to bring a lot of financial problems for both states (Arizona and California.) I do not support the law simply because it was designed and well thought out to target the Hispanic race. It’s unconstitutional and it’s simply a RACIST LAW. I believe there are other alternatives to cure the immigration problems, but profiling someone just because of the color of their skin, it’s wrong, wrong, wrong. You cannot judge a book by it's cover, therefore, we shouldn’t profile no one based on their color. I am just waiting to see how many law suits will follow, and I hope Arizona is prepared to handle all those cases.

Let's get this now ( illegally ) send them back and have them apply for papers correctly. Have ICE AND the BORDER POTROL do thier job as we see they are not doing just like the fediral goverment and state level. This is just like towing there cars away for no CDL or INS and the citys getting kick backs form the tow yards just like these felons not getting sent back like they need to be the are given probation and are still hear in CALIF. Send ICE to the employement angencys and get our unemployement numbers down every one knows were to start just who is willing to step up to the plate.

Everyone on both sides of this issue needs to remember that the tax payers of the US are paying $338,000,000,000 (that is billion) EVERY YEAR !!!!!! to support these illegal immigrants who demonstrate no desire to assimilate and become American citizens.
How long do you think these immigrants would go along with the idea of paying one TRILLION dollars every three years to support 10,000,000 (million)
US citizens in their country illegally ? NOT ONE DAY !

If stupidity was painful these 3 supervisors that voted "yes" to boycott Arizona would be in the hospital. Attention you 3 over educated idiots, this state already has a law that is identical to Arizonas.Do LA a huge favor and resign,how in the world did you idiots ever get elected.Los Angeles is the toilet of the USA, just like mexico is the toilet of the world!

OK...what about your own law...Calif Penal Code 834B, which, as I read it is even MORE strict than the law passed by Arizona.
your law even requires all to enforce it...but...you don't
is your law deemed "Unconstitutional"?
Is LA County now going to boycott LA County?

I hope Arizona stops selling you electricity

You are all "Sanctuary City Hypocrits"

I won't be going to Los Angeles. Oh wait, I've never been to a third world country, either. LA..3rd world country...one and the same.

California, listen up: This is one more reason that I will NOT travel to your state or spend any money on Californian wine or anything else from the not-so-Golden state. Boycotts cut both ways. Ignore the national will, trudge on with your misguided boycotts, and you will suffer the same economic backlash.

Simply more proof that Los Angeles is run by a bunch of idiots!

Is there something in our drinking water that makes all of the local politicians think that Arizona needs Los Angeles' approval to run their state? If they spent half the time solving our problems that they do sticking their noses where they don't belong we might end up with a decent place to live.

This is just wrong. Arizona has aright to enforce a law that has been on the books for a long time and we in California has no right to say a word. It doesn't effect L.A. in any way shape or form. I am boycotting L.A. I usually drive in once a month to shop and have dinner with friends but no more they act like a bunch of idiots. The city council must be Mexican or related to one. I want these people out of MY country. If you want to come to the United States legally I have no problem with this but if your not legal get out of my country. You are the reason every state in the country is broke. Take the hint and go home and get on their welfare system.

Does this mean Southwest Airlines is no longer welcomed at LAX?

“This law simply goes too far,” said Gloria Molina, the boycott’s primary sponsor. “A lot of people have pointed out that I am sworn as an L.A. County supervisor to uphold the Constitution. All I can say is that I believe that Arizona’s law is unconstitutional.”

Say Gloria, you pandering idiot, why didn't you beep and squawk like you are now when CA decided to deny gay people their constitutional rights?

"...unless the county’s chief executive determines it would seriously harm county interests."

Cook board OKs Ariz. boycott, then gives contract to Ariz. firm
June 1, 2010 3:06 PM | 16 Comments
Cook County commissioners today approved a watered-down resolution boycotting Arizona businesses over an immigration law and then promptly signed off on a red light camera contract involving an Arizona company.

chicagotribune.com

Nothing worse than hypocrisy.

If you are going to boycott us, THEN BOYCOTT US. Quit whining like ninnies and grow some.

I am FURIOUS over Supervisors Molina, Ridley-Thomas and Yaroslavsky's idiotic motion, passed today, to boycott the state of Arizona. How about enforcing our California Civil Code 834 first, which IS their responsibility. In case they haven't seen it, it is reproduced as follows:

(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 following: (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 prohibited.

Let's make them do THEIR jobs, and not worry about Arizona politicians that follow the will of their people in enforcing what is, in effect, federal law!!!!!

God, I hope they are all removed from office by the people that they are supposed to be representing.

Unbelievable.

Just a few politicians grandstanding, rather than taking care of the LA County problems that need their attention. Someome should check Gloria Molina's immigaration status.

My father's generation fought and won the Second World War for the addled thinking and action of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor. I hear the faint thumb of the deceased millions of his generation churning in their graves.

Can we then expect the City Council to stop buying power generated in Arizona?

I thought the County had more sense... We should stay out of Arizona's Biz-ness.
Or, at least wait and see how they handle this without "profiling" citizens/people like they say they won't... Let's see if the Sheriff is a man of his word... I doubt it.

 
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