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Two California cities boycott Arizona over new immigration law

May 5, 2010 |  4:26 pm

The city councils of West Hollywood and Oakland both passed resolutions this week that condemn Arizona's tough new immigration law and institute boycotts on official travel to the state.

On Monday, West Hollywood banned official travel to Arizona and called for a review of contracts with Arizona businesses. On Tuesday, the Oakland City Council did the same.

The boycotts come as officials across California consider responses to the controversial new law, which makes it a state crime to be in Arizona illegally and requires police to determine suspects' immigration status. 

Last week seven members of the Los Angeles City Council signed a proposal for a boycott, and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said he supported the move. In San Francisco, Mayor Gavin Newsom banned city employee travel to Arizona and convened an Arizona Boycott Work group to identify city contracts with Arizona that could be canceled without penalty.

Officials in other cities have made symbolic moves to show their disapproval of the Arizona law, known as SB 1070. The city councils of San Diego and Santa Ana both passed resolutions condemning it.

At the state level, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) has said he supports a boycott. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Monday that he would not back such a plan. 

-- Kate Linthicum