D.C. Council moves to oppose Arizona law
The D.C. Council on Tuesday sponsored a bill forbidding the police chief from sharing arrest data with federal immigration officials and also announced its unanimous support for a resolution calling on the city to stop doing business with the state of Arizona, reporter Tim Craig says.
The move comes after the decision by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to sign into law the most restrictive immigration bill in the country. The bill requires police to question anyone who appears to be in the country illegally.
The D.C. Council resolution calls on the city government and the employee pension fund to “divest’ from all Arizona state and municipal bonds and ban city workers from traveling to that state on official business.
The resolution, which will be voted on at a later date, does not appear to prevent the city from doing business with Arizona-based companies, as some Hispanic activists had proposed.
It’s unclear how much business the District does with the state of Arizona.
"The District’s General Fund and the District’s Retirement Board had no exposure to Arizona bonds or other types of securities issued in whole or in part by Arizona," according to a spokeswoman for the city's chief financial officer.
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| May 4, 2010; 11:45 AM ET
Categories: DC, Maryland, Virginia | Tags: Arizona, Jan Brewer, Police
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