Arizona Boycott Gets City Stamp of Approval

Tuesday, May 11, 2010  |  Updated 5:00 PM PDT
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Arizona Boycott Gets City Stamp of Approval

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SAN FRANCISCO - JUNE 17: A same-sex couple holds hands as they enter San Francisco City Hall June 17, 2008 in San Francisco, California. Same-sex couples throughout California are rushing to get married as counties begin issuing marriage license after a State Supreme Court ruling to allow same-sex marriage. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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San Francisco supervisors today passed legislation denouncing a  new Arizona law that requires police to question anyone they suspect is in  the country illegally and calling for a boycott of the state and businesses  based there.

      The resolution says the law "will inevitably lead to racial  profiling, jeopardizes public safety, and creates a wedge between law  enforcement and ethnic communities."
     
The Arizona law, which requires police "when practicable" to  detain people they "reasonably" suspect to be in the country illegally, has  drawn widespread condemnation from immigration and civil rights advocates,  and many elected officials, including President Obama.
     
Oakland passed a similar boycott resolution last week.
     
San Francisco's resolution urges city departments not to enter  into new or amended contracts with Arizona-based companies and to consider  discontinuing existing contracts, and not to send city officials or employees  to conferences in the state -- unless there would be "significant additional  cost" to San Francisco or it would conflict with law.
     
The resolution also urges private San Francisco-based businesses  to avoid doing business with Arizona or holding conferences there, and San  Francisco residents to avoid tourism in Arizona.
     
Supervisor David Campos, who introduced the resolution, called it  "a very measured response to a very egregious act" by Arizona elected  officials.
     
He said Arizona is "violating the basic rights of many of its  residents."
     
Mayor Gavin Newsom has already ordered a moratorium on city  employee travel to Arizona for official business, with exceptions for law  enforcement, public health or safety.
     
In announcing the moratorium April 27, Newsom called the law  "misguided" and convened a task force to explore a "smart and effective"  boycott of the state.

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