Los Angeles, a city that owes its existence to immigration, may no longer do business with companies based in Arizona because of that state’s immigration law. The L.A. City Council voted 13 to 1 to ban new contracts and review all current agreements with Arizona firms.
Contracts that would cause “significant additional cost” if cancelled would remain in effect. Official travel to Arizona would also be restricted. The resolution is now in the hands of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Los Angeles currently has $58 million in contracts with Arizona-based companies. —PZS
Los Angeles Times:
During a morning-long debate on the resolution, council members compared Arizona’s action to those of Nazi Germany and the beginning of the Holocaust, as well as the internment and deportation 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.”