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San Francisco weighs sweeping boycott of Arizona over illegal immigration law

April 27, 2010 |  6:57 am


San Francisco officials on Tuesday will consider a sweeping boycott of Arizona in the wake of that state's passage of tough anti-illegal-immigration measures.

A resolution before the Board of Supervisors calls on the city to cancel contracts with companies based in Arizona and halt business ties between city government and the state.

Meanwhile, San Francisco City Atty. Dennis Herrera said he was already looking into whether contracts with Arizona could be legally severed without penalty.

The proposal is backed by Supervisor David Campos. But Mayor Gavin Newsom has expressed concerns, questioning how a boycott could be pulled off.

"The notion of boycotting a state and every business that does business in the state is an extraordinarily complicated matter," he told the San Francisco Chronicle.

The Arizona law makes it a crime under state law to be in the country illegally by specifically requiring immigrants to have proof of their immigration status. Violations are a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. Repeat offenses would be a felony.

It also requires police officers to "make a reasonable attempt" to determine the immigration status of a person if there is a "reasonable suspicion" that he or she is an illegal immigrant. Race, color or national origin may not be the only things considered in implementation. Exceptions can be made if the attempt would hinder an investigation.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Supporters of the Arizona immigration bill gather at a recent rally. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times