Los Angeles City Council Continues Arizona SB 1070 Boycott; Ed Reyes Won’t Attend Phoenix Conference
The Arizona travel ban by the City of Los Angeles, implemented in May 2010 to protest Arizona’s harsh immigration legislation, will continue after an attempt by City Councilman Ed Reyes to create an exemption, according to a Los Angeles Times report.
The Los Angeles City Councilman, who originally co- sponsored the boycott, floated the idea last week so that he and other council members could attend the National League of Cities Congress of Cities in Phoenix, but after speaking with colleagues he dropped the idea Tuesday.
Reyes told the Los Angeles Times that he didn’t want the city to be viewed as “wishy-washy” on immigration and civil rights.
It’s not known yet how much money the city will lose because of registration fees already paid to the conference, the CityMaven.com reported.
Arizona’s SB 1070 required police to check the status of those they suspect of being in the country illegally. That provision was struck down in federal court.
Since the boycott was approved, Los Angeles has continued to maintain tens of millions of dollars worth of contracts with Arizona companies and, on some occasions, lifted the ban to purchase certain products and services, the Los Angeles Times report says.
A study by the Center for American Progress estimated the multiple boycotts cost Arizona at least $140 million over a three-year period, according to a study by the Center for American Progress.
The National Council of La Raza, one of the nation’s most prominent Hispanic groups, ended their boycott in September and asked other groups to do the same.
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