Los Angeles on Wednesday (May 12) became the largest U.S. city to boycott Arizona over the state's controversial new immigration law. Councilors voted 13-to-1 to ban most official city travel to Arizona and avoid future city contracts with companies based in the state.
"Los Angeles is the second-largest city in this country, an immigrant city, an international city. It needs to have its voice heard," said Councilman Ed Reyes, according to The Los Angeles Times . "As an American, I cannot go to Arizona today without a passport. If I come across an officer who's having a bad day and feels that the picture on my ID is not me, I can be … deported, no questions asked. That is not American."
Major cities including Boston, San Diego and San Francisco already have issued their own boycotts or passed resolutions condemning Arizona's law, and more communities around the country are considering it, as The Christian Science Monitor recently reported .
The wave of boycotts does have the potential to badly damage an already hurting Arizona economy, The Monitor said, particularly since Arizona relies so heavily on tourist dollars and business conferences. Earlier this week, Phoenix officials estimated that the boycotts could amount to as much as $90 million in lost business for the city over the next five years, The New York Times reported .