Los Angeles votes to boycott Arizona
The city council for the city of Los Angeles has just announced that it will officially enact a boycott of Arizona over the state’s recently passed immigration law. The boycott applies to “city travel to Arizona and future contracts with companies in that state,” the LA Times reported. In case you’re wondering what good a city’s boycott of an entire state will do, the greater Los Angeles region has a population of 9,862,049 residents (per 2008 census data). The state of Arizona, meanwhile, has 6,595,778 (per 2009 census data).
Here’s how Councilman Ed Reyes described today’s action:
“Los Angeles [is] the second-largest city in this country, and immigrant city, an international city. It needs to have its voice heard. As an American, I cannot go to Arizona today without my 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 vote was 13-1 in favor of the boycott.
Elsewhere, Oakland has already enacted a boycott. Boston and San Francisco are considering such a measure. And Phoenix’s tourism industry is being hit hard as a result of the new law, The Washington Post reports today.
The city risks losing as much as $90 million in hotel and convention business over the next five years because of the controversy, according to city estimates released Wenesday.
No wonder Phoenix’s mayor wants to sue the state over the law.