By a vote of 13 to 1, Los Angeles City Councilmembers today approved an economic boycott against the state of Arizona in protest of SB1070, considered by many to be racist and anti-immigrant. With this action, starting today, all travel by city officials to Arizona will be suspended. A large part of the city's business with the state will also be suspended, and all city agencies will be prohibited from signing new contracts.
According to the Los Angeles TimesThe city has contracts worth $58 million with Arizona companies. The boycott is not total due to contractual obligations.
The controversial law, which requires police to determine whether people they detain are in the country illegally, will go into effect on July 23.