The "boycott Arizona" movement just got a major boost -- the Los Angeles City Council voted on Wednesday to ban most city-related travel to Arizona, as well as future contracts with companies in that state, in protest of the state's new immigration law.
The Arizona law allows police officers to check the immigration status of a person if they have just a suspicion that the person might be illegal. Critics say it could lead to racial profiling.
Council members compared Arizona’s action to the Nazi's persecution of the Jews, and the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
“Los Angeles is 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 council’s action fell short of a total boycott, or canceling all of the city’s $58 million worth of contracts with Arizona companies. The vote was 13-1.
San Francisco passed a similar boycott. Such cities as Oakland, Chicago, El Paso, and Washington, D.C. are considering actions.
Major League Baseball is also being urged to move next year's All Star Game out of Phoenix if the state does not repeal the law.