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.”


5 Responses to “LA Bans Travel to Arizona Over ‘Nazi’ Immigration Law”

  1. frank on May 13th, 2010 10:27 am

    FTA: 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.

    First of all, the law is the same as the national immigration law, Arizona is simply adopting it as a state law and deciding to enforce it.

    Second, it’s not an “anti-immigration” law it’s an anti-ILLEGAL-immigration law.

    Finally, I don’t complain that I have to carry a driver’s license or show multiple pieces of ID for just about anything.

  2. yolanda on May 13th, 2010 11:07 am

    No, this law is not about that you have to carry a valid ID or as you say “multiple pieces of ID’.:” what this bill is that if YOU ARE NOT WHITE with blue eyes or green you will have to carry documents, such as passport or birth certificate. Arizona sends a negative message that Arizona hates Hispanics in general. This law opens the doors to racial profile and if people say the opposite the are biting their lips. They just not expressing what the really thinking.

  3. yolanda on May 13th, 2010 11:17 am

    I read the bill and it bad for United States. This law was written with sinister purpose and anything that is created to hurt individuals will turn against the creator. This bill will be use by criminals who do not have to do anything with undocumented immigrants that all their crime is coming to work. United Sates needs and depends on those immigrants with legal documents or not. This country will not stand without the valuable contribution that the undocumented immigrants provide to this country. Please do not act under emotion read, analyze and you will thank those people that without them we will not have Social security for the future generation. Read the history of united State who do we have to thank for saving the crop just for example, while our men where at war. Who was fighting to save United States locally? The immigrants!!

  4. david tarkanian on May 13th, 2010 11:42 am

    Id have to disagree with frank. States cannot regulate immigration as much as they cant administer foreign policy or enter into treaties. The uniform rule of Naturalization is only a power of Congress not the states. it doesnt matter if the state law is copied and pasted from federal law, as federal judges have ruled before “you cannot put the cart before the horse.” Illegal immigration is wrong and must be stopped but SB 1070 is not the answer. The average illegal is still going to enter Arizona. If Arizona was hellbent on illegals why didnt they draft a law to seal the border with a state law instead.

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