Carson City Council expected to approve Arizona boycott

The Carson City Council is expected today to become the latest municipal body to approve a boycott of Arizona in response to the state's law attempting to combat illegal immigration.

The resolution would have the city refrain from conducting business in Arizona, including participating in any convention or other business requiring city resources until Senate Bill 1070 is repealed.

"Carson is one of the most diverse cities in California and we must allow our voice to be heard that we are opposed to such racist legislation," Councilman Mike Gipson said.

The West Hollywood City Council unanimously approved a similar boycott Monday night.

Senate Bill 1070 makes it unlawful to be in the state without the proper documentation and authorizes local law enforcement to investigate a person's immigration status whenever there is a reasonable suspicion that an individual is in the country illegally.

The bill was approved by the Arizona Legislature in response to rising crime associated with illegal immigration and the federal government's failure to deal with illegal immigration.

When Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed Senate Bill 1070 into law April 23, she said she "will not tolerate racial discrimination or racial profiling in Arizona."

"As committed as I am to protecting our state from crime associated with illegal immigration, I am equally committed to holding law enforcement accountable should this statute ever be misused to violate an individual's rights," Brewer said.

Brewer signed House Bill 2162 into law Friday which includes changes to Senate Bill 1070 she said "specifically answer legal questions raised by some who expressed fears that the original law would somehow allow or lead to racial profiling."

"These new amendments make it crystal clear and undeniable that racial profiling is illegal and will not be tolerated in Arizona," Brewer said.