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Posted at 8:06 PM ET, 04/27/2010

D.C. council to consider Arizona resolution

By Erica Johnston


The D.C. Council plans to take up a resolution as early as next Tuesday calling on the city government to stop doing business with the state of Arizona because of that state’s recently enacted immigration reform law.

Although the final language of the resolution is still to be fine-tuned, a draft circulated by Hispanic activists Tuesday calls on both the city government and the employee pension fund to divest from “any companies that originate out of Arizona or that do business with Arizona.” But some council members may work to limit the boycott to only that state's government.

“Anything where government is sponsoring any sort of profiling that I believe is racist, we have to take a stand against as the nation’s capital,” said council member Michael Brown (I-At large), who plans to introduce the resolution next Tuesday.

It’s unclear how much business the District does with Arizona, but council leaders and Hispanic activists say the District needs to send a signal it doesn’t agree with the state’s immigration law.

"This is important to do because we cannot allow discrimination at any level," said Juan Carlos Ruiz, director of the Latino Federation of Greater Washington. "This is a time when the country needs unity, and what (Arizona) is doing is targeting Mexican and Central Americans. We cannot stand by and do nothing about it."

On Tuesday, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom banned most city workers from traveling to Arizona on official business. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is also expected to consider a broader boycott of Arizona-based companies.

The liberal D.C. council is not one to shy away from contentious national political debates, but given congressional oversight it sometimes has to pick and choose its battles. But Ruiz said he’s optimistic the 13-member council will approve the boycott, noting that city leaders also spoke up in the 1980s when Arizona refused to recognize Martin Luther King Day.

Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) called the Arizona law “a crime against civil rights.”

“We view that very, very seriously," Graham said. "There is no question about it; I would want to carefully and sympathetically consider" a possible resolution.

--Tim Craig

By Erica Johnston  | April 27, 2010; 8:06 PM ET
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Comments

Who is trying to be more pro-hispanic, Fenty or Gray? There is an election right around the corner.

Posted by: capitolconservative | April 27, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

This is not what the council is seated for. It's time something to be done about immigration. Btw it's illegal for anyone to be WITHOUT I'd in D. C.

Posted by: davis_renee | April 27, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

HaHaHa - meaningless gesture.

A boycott of Arizona by DC will have about as much effect as removing a bucket of sand from Arizona's desert.

So go right ahead DC Council while the rest of the world laughs at your foolishness.

And next time you're robbed by an illegal in Montgomery County, PG County, or DC -- don't cry to the police.

Posted by: postisarag | April 27, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

There is a lot of misinformation out there. The police cannot just walk up to someone they think is illegal. The person has to do something wrong to attract their attention. It is very simliar to federal law but with teeth. Hey, if it was my state and murder and drugs was a way of life, I would put troops on the border.

Posted by: farmsnorton | April 27, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: davis_renee
This is not what the council is seated for. It's time something to be done about immigration. Btw it's illegal for anyone to be WITHOUT I'd in D. C.

RESPOND;
BTW, illegal immigrants are allowed to obtain I.D. and in some states even Driver's Licence, and in most of the states is illegal to be without I.D., not just in D.C. SO, WHAT IS YOUR POINT DUFFUS?

Posted by: BOBSTERII | April 27, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

You've got to be joking! If DC had any backbone, they'd do the same here too. Illegals have made a mockery of the nation's capital, camping right in the backyard of the White House. Arizona finally took a stand; other states need to follow. We are nation of laws that no one appears to be abiding by.

Posted by: cricket35 | April 27, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Did Arizona break any laws or impose any new punishments? Well? Then what is the problem?

Arizona is trying a possible solution to the immigration issues that plague Arizona. The law needs time to see if the solution is going to work.

Posted by: tbusch1 | April 27, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Once again, the DC Council makes themselves look ridiculous. It is amusing to watch these politicians falling all over themselves to cater to the hispanic vote. Nevermind the fact that the people they are "catering" to are here ILLEGALLY. I fail to see how ENFORCING THE LAW is immoral or an infringement of their "rights", although as ILLEGALS, I am unsure exactly what rights we are infringing upon. I fully support immigration, but LEGAL IMMIGRATION. Those of us who pay taxes to support ILLEGALS who do not contribute to the system are fed up. The politicians had better begin to listen to the LEGAL CITIZENS of this country.....you know those of us who are paying the bills and will happily vote them out of office.

Posted by: mtaweigh | April 27, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Several comments have been removed by this liberal rag newspaper. U.S. citizens are fed up with illegal aliens destroying and trashing our neighborhoods and county.

The Washington Post, New York Times, and Los Angeles Times support illegal immigration. This is why readership is down and I hope these newspapers soon go out of business.

Posted by: Ward4DC | April 27, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Illegal immigration is out of control here in D.C. and around the country. F these so called Central American/Mexican leaders that's asking the D.C. Council to sign a resolution against the Arizona bill. We need a bill like this too in D.C. and in the surrounding suburbs.

Posted by: Ward4DC | April 28, 2010 5:22 AM | Report abuse

Why can't all of the DC Council members consider a resolution to each place a gun in their mouths and pull the trigger? That would be the most beneficial resolution to date.

Posted by: willtill | April 28, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Juan Carlos Ruiz is nothing but a self-promoting idiot who doesn't care about anything or anyone. He wants to be in front of issues so that he can build a name for himself. He's such a phony in the Latino community here that he had to marry a white woman. Nothing wrong with this but he's the one always asking Latinos to keep their heritage strong in the City. He's a hypocrite and anything he supports, I question.

Posted by: ConcernedInvestor | April 28, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Juan Carlos Ruiz is nothing but a self-promoting idiot who doesn't care about anything or anyone. He wants to be in front of issues so that he can build a name for himself. He's such a phony in the Latino community here that he had to marry a white woman. Nothing wrong with this but he's the one always asking Latinos to keep their heritage strong in the City. He's a hypocrite and anything he supports, I question.

Posted by: ConcernedInvestor | April 28, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

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