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Los Angeles to boycott Arizona businesses

Lilly Fowler May 13, 2010

Following in the footsteps of San Francisco and Oakland, Los Angeles’ City Council unanimously agreed to not sign any new contracts with Arizona businesses; the state recently passed a law that gives police the authority to question detainees about their immigration status.

The city argues that the new law “encourages racial profiling and violates Fourteenth Amendment guarantees of due process and equal protection for U.S. citizens, legal residents and visitors who are detained for suspicion of being in the country unlawfully.”

According to an aricle by CNN, Los Angeles currently has $56 million in contracts with Arizona companies.

City employees are also barred from traveling to the state.

But not everyone is on board with the ban.

Los Angeles’ Harbor Department, which has $26 million worth of such contracts, is opposing the resolution.

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