Once again the Los Angeles City Council is embarrassing itself, this time with a purely symbolic boycott of Arizona. Clearly the council doesn’t realize that there are millions of Californians that have retirement property and vacation homes in Arizona, and the council’s dopey boycott will mean nothing to them.
Two Los Angeles City Council members called Tuesday for an economic boycott to protest a tough new immigration law in Arizona.
“It’s important that the second-largest city in the country respond to a legislative act that, in essence, promotes persecution and racial profiling of a group of people that make up a large number of this country’s citizenry,” Councilman Ed Reyes said.
“More than half of the folks living in Los Angeles are Latino, and for us to do nothing is unacceptable,” he said. “For us to not to take heed to this action, which essentially is promoting this concept that every state can establish their own federal immigration laws, is just wrong and dangerous.”
The resolution introduced by Reyes and Councilwoman Janice Hahn calls for the city of Los Angeles to “refrain from conducting business with the state of Arizona including participating in any conventions or other business that requires city resources, unless SB 1070 (Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhood Acts”) is repealed.”