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D.C. Council holds off on Arizona boycott -- for now

The D.C. Council is holding off on taking a public stand on Arizona's controversial new immigration law that makes it easier for police to stop those believed to be in the country illegally.

Last week, amid the national debate over the law, local Hispanic activists requested that the council take up a resolution this week calling for a citywide boycott of Arizona and Arizona-based businesses. They convinced council member Michael A. Brown (I-At Large) to sponsor the resolution, which was partly modeled after a similar one pending before the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors.

But Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) said today that the resolution will not placed on the agenda for Tuesday's council meeting, although he added that it could still be brought up at a later date.

"I think there will be continuing discussions. I'd rather wait and see what we propose to do," Gray said. "I think there are lots of people who find what happened in Arizona reprehensible. The question is, what is the appropriate action for the D.C. Council to take?"

On Friday, the president of the American Hotel and Lodging Association sent Gray a letter decrying efforts on the council to launch a citywide boycott of Arizona, noting that the state's hospitality industry employs 52,000 people.

"Do the council members know - or care - that they are hurting lower-income workers in Arizona when it pushes something like a 'boycott' proposal through its chambers?" wrote Joseph A. McInerney, president of the AHLA. "The Washington D.C. area is fortunate that we have the federal government to help supply local employment and economic opportunity. ... Arizona is not so fortunate."

McInerney then pointedly asked Gray how he and other liberal council members would feel "if the situation were reversed."

"What if Arizona citizens did not travel to Washington D.C., or host meetings in the city, because the members of the Arizona legislature did not like the city's 5 cent bag recycling tax, or allowing gay marriage?" McInerney asked. "Do we really want to set that type of precedent in the nation's capital city?"

-- Tim Craig

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By Washington Post Editors  |  May 3, 2010; 12:07 PM ET
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Council , Tim Craig , Vincent C. Gray  | Tags: Arizona, Immigration law, Michael A. Brown, Washington DC  
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Has anyone else noticed that there is a double standard coming from the White House? A few days ago, Obama made a statement in which he criticized people who found fault with his administration and chided them to stop their "Anti-Government Rhetoric", yet today I read where Hispanics are rioting in the streets in some areas of Arizona over the new Law signed by Governor Brewer, and on this action the White House has been deafeningly silent except for Obama's initial comments against the Arizona law questioning its Constitutionality. It appears that in Obamas world criticism of the laws he likes is "Verboten" but if it is that may interfere with his agenda of amnesty for illegals, then dissent is not only approved but required. Once again the liberal left displays it standard of the 'Double Standard'.

Posted by: jonweiss1 | May 3, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand why so many are upset with Arizona's new state law, it has been a federal law since 1940, althro not inforced. All Arizona done was make it a state law, which every state should follow suit.

Posted by: ccanady2 | May 3, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

All states and DC should enact the same law as Arizona and enforce it. The USA is being invaded and taken over without a "shot" being fired. All the soldiers who died in fighting for this country died for nothing as the crooked politicians and the citizens that have their head in the sand are giving the country away. The USA is on a fast track to 3rd world standard of living. All you have to do is pull your head out of the sand and take a look. All states are flat broke, no jobs, no tax base and the federal government has our great great grandchildren in debt. And yet we support all the illegals and it seems we want even more illegals to support. So when there are even less jobs and the jobs that do exist pay only minimum wage and 40 more million illegals enter. Then who is going to support the system? The illegals don't just do yard work, next time you go past a construction, asphalt, concrete job look who is working! Now wonder what happen to the citizen who used to have that job. Go to any Homedepot, Lowes or drive down rt.236 in Annandale or any main road and see how many illegals are standing around waiting for someone to hired them. Every time someone hires them that is a citizen that is loosing his/her job.

Posted by: Onlywhatsright | May 4, 2010 6:48 AM | Report abuse

How dare Arizona stem the flow of drugs and cheap labor.

Posted by: peterg73 | May 4, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Arizona Senator John 'crankypants' Mcain just came out in favor of stripping citizens of their Constitutional rights if they get arrested?

What is the matter with those right-wing nuts?

Posted by: thebobbob | May 4, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I lived in Washington DC for 26 years before moving out to Maryland to get away from the street crime. I'm retired and often take the subway down into the District to shop, have lunch, medical appts. I support Arizona's right to protect itself and am thinking of starting a petition in Maryland to get the same law here on the ballot for November. People are tired of the illegal aliens, the horribly large debt owed to Communist China, the Muslim terrorists and I think you will see the beginning of the upheaval in November. Vote all the incumbents out, deport all illegal aliens, audit the Federal budget and get back to basics. If the District votes to condemn Arizona, I will never spend another penny there and will encourage everyone I know to boycott the boycotters. The door swings both ways.

Posted by: jcaroleclarke | May 5, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I completely agree with "jcaroleclarke" and "onlywhatsright". As a 50+ year old caucasion white woman who grew up without a father, has worked her whole life, sucsessfully raised a family, has a good career...I am sick of all the benefits we provide to all the illegals. Sick of a goverment that does nothing for our country and it's own citizens. At least Arizona has gonads!!

Posted by: davis1956 | May 5, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Any body who has watched the TV show "COPS" knows what kind of people they deal with everyday. This gives them another tool to work with. It has always been against the law to be here without proper documments. These people are breaking the law just like these other lowlifes that you see on this show. It may not be drugs or theft but it is still a law. The worst thing about this along with all the out of work actors condeming it is that when they are out of answers the race card is pulled out. I have nothing against brown, black, yellow, white, or even green as long as they respect the laws. I saw on the news a woman saying I belong here and no one can say I don't because I'm mexican. See how things get twisted! If your here legaly I agree with you. But if you are here because you want to bypass a law we made in order for you to be here legaly than you are dead wrong! In that case you don't belong here. And there are millions who will say the same thing.

Posted by: rainman2 | May 5, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Every single politician who denied fully funding the--REAL--fence(s) emphasis on a double fence under the "2006 Secure Fence Act"should not be re-elected. Now its up to the populace of America, whose citizens and "LEGAL" residents should demand construction of the real fence. Throw out all Pro-Amnesty incumbents led by Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada.Up to 2009 a--TRILLION DOLLARS is been appropriated to fight the Iraq and Afghanistan war, but as always American taxpayers remain unprotected along the border. Prior Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said a barrier running the length of a border would "COST" too much. COST TOO MUCH? PROTECTING AMERICANS WOULD COST TOO MUCH? Currently President Obama's group have also cut the budget for the Fence and ICE.

Posted by: infinity555 | May 5, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

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