L.A. School District Decries Arizona's Immigration Law; Board President Says It's 'Un-American'

The Los Angeles Unified School District's board late Tuesday approved a resolution denouncing Arizona's controversial immigration law, a move that puts it in line with the city and county of Los Angeles.

The move will also have the district explore how to cut economic ties with Arizona-based businesses, although a full-on economic and travel boycott -- as was approved by the city of L.A. -- was not part of this deal. Making a teaching moment out of the Arizona controversy was: Classes will discuss the law "in the context of unity, diversity and equal protection for all.''

Monica Garcia, president of the board of the nation's second-largest school district, proposed the anti-Arizona resolution:

"America must stand for tolerance, inclusiveness and equality. In our civics classes and in our hallways, we must give life to these values by teaching our students to value themselves, to respect others and to demand fairness and justice for all who live within our borders. Any law which violates civil rights is un-American.''

The Arizona law, expected to become effective in August, encourages police to check the immigration status of suspects they stop if the cops suspect they might be in the country illegally. Critics have argues that the law will encourage profiling of Latinos.

-With reporting from City News Service. Got news? Email us.


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