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California Considers Statewide Boycott Of Arizona

June 29, 2010 by  

California considers statewide boycott of ArizonaIn response to Arizona’s controversial new immigration law, several California Democrats plan to introduce a resolution to boycott the Grand Canyon State, according to the Associated Press (AP).

While several major cities, including Los Angeles, have approved economic boycotts over the last few months, California would be the first state to officially oppose the law.

If passed, the resolution would force California officials to issue a travel advisory on visits to Arizona and would end all investment deals between the two states. Furthermore, it would allow lawmakers to officially petition Major League Baseball to reconsider letting Arizona host next year’s All-Star Game.

"The Arizona law undermines fundamental civil rights and civil liberties, and poses a special threat to people of color that live in and travel through Arizona," said State Senator Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles).

A total of 40 Democrats, but no Republicans, signed the resolution, which now heads to a legislative committee for debate.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles City Council voted 13-0 last week to ignore its own boycott of Arizona and extend a contract with a Scottsdale-based red-light camera operating company. Fox News reports that the city’s deal with American Traffic Solutions made Los Angeles $6 million last year alone.
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