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SB 1070

L.A. city council votes to boycott Arizona

City travel and future contracts with Arizona banned

  • Thousands marched in Los Angeles on May 1 to protest Arizona's new immigration law.
    Salina Canizales/FlickrThousands marched in Los Angeles on May 1 to protest Arizona's new immigration law.

The city of Los Angeles will boycott Arizona over SB 1070, the LA Times reports.

L.A.'s city council voted to ban city travel to Arizona and future contracts with the 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," said the Times.

The California city's council was nearly unanimous on the boycott, but they stopped short of canceling current city contracts, reports the Times:

"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.

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