Anger against the harsh immigration law passed in Arizona has emanated from various parts of the country, but it’s been perhaps most intense in Los Angeles, a city full of both legal and illegal immigrants. This afternoon the L.A. City Council manifested that anger with a vote to ban most city travel to Arizona and future contracts with companies in the state. Councilman Ed Reyes, one of the resolution’s sponsors, summed up the angry mood on the council: “Los Angeles the second-largest city in this country, an immigrant city, an international city. It needs to have its voice heard. As an American, I cannot go to Arizona today without a passport. If I come across an officer who’s having a bad day and feels that the picture on my ID is not me, I can be … deported, no questions asked. That is not American.” The Council voted 13 – 1 (only Greig Smith dissented), and the resolution stops short of a total boycott or the rescission of current contracts that the City has with Arizona-based companies. Can the City Council make a difference in this fight?
Ed Reyes, Los Angeles City Councilman, 1st District