Breaking: Oakland City Council votes to boycott Arizona
on May 4, 2010
During Tuesday’s City Council meeting, the seven City Council members present unanimously passed a resolution that condemns S.B. 1070, Arizona’s stringent new immigration enforcement law, and called for a city boycott of Arizona and businesses headquartered in the state. The boycott includes restrictions on travel to Arizona and calls on Oakland’s City Administrator to explore the possibility of discontinuing existing contracts with the state.
Arizona’s new legislation is widely considered to be the toughest immigration enforcement measure in the country and is facing legal challenges. The law allows police to detain anyone they have reason to suspect may be in the country illegally and criminally charge anyone who is not carrying valid immigration documents. The Oakland City Council’s resolution states that S.B. 1070 “will inevitably lead to racial profiling, jeopardize public safety, and create a wedge between law enforcement and ethnic communities.”
Read the full text of the city’s resolution: 2010.05.04_Oakland_Boycott_Arizona_Resolution
Oakland North will run a full story about immigration and racial profiling issues in Oakland on Wednesday, May 5 — stay tuned.
Text by Jude Joffe-Block. Lead image: Immigrant rights advocates in City Hall minutes after the City Council passed a resolution to boycott Arizona.
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