L.A. County Supervisors Vote To Boycott Arizona
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to boycott Arizona business and travel over the state's controversial immigration law.
The vote was three to two on the powerful five member board, with Mark Ridley-Thomas casting the decider alongside the boycott's author, Gloria Molina, and proponent Zev Yaroslavsky. Supervisors Don Knabe and Mike Antonovich had previously expressed opposition to such a move.
" ... My viewpoint, which has been shaped in large part by my many years of reflection and action in support of civil rights, compels me to support this resolution in an effort to bring an end to what I believe to be an unjust law," Ridley-Thomas stated.
Arizona's law encourages police to check the immigration status of suspects they stop who are believed to possibly be in the country illegally. The county joins the city of L.A. and a list of other local governments opposed to the Arizona law.
Opponents argue that the law, which will become effective in August, will be used to discriminate and unduly scrutinize Latinos.
-With reporting from City News Service. Got news? Email us.
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