LA Bans Travel to Arizona Over ‘Nazi’ Immigration Law
May 13, 2010
(ChattahBox)—-The City of Los Angeles has decided to join a growing national campaign to boycott Arizona over its harsh anti-immigration law, requiring papers to prove residency. The City Council voted on Wednesday to ban official travel to the desert state, as well as entering into any future contracts with Arizona. Council members compared the draconian anti-immigration law to Nazi Germany.
In a near unanimous vote of 13-1, the City Council prohibited travel and future contracts, but allowed existing contracts to remain, particularly with the Port of Los Angeles and Los Angeles International Airport.
According to the report in the LA Times, council members engaged in a contentious debate before the vote, comparing Arizona’s law to Nazis during World War II:
“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. A new Arizona law, which will take effect July 23, will require police to determine whether people they stop are in the country illegally, which critics say will lead to racial profiling.”
‘“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 Los Angeles boycott also comes on the heels of another controversial Arizona law banning ethnic studies in schools, because the classes cause “racial resentment toward whites.”