SACRAMENTO, CA - The head of the California Latino Legislative Caucus introduced a resolution Wednesday calling for California to boycott Arizona until that state's new controversial immigration law is repealed.
"We must be united as a nation, and you can't break the law to protest a broken law," said St. Sen. Gilbert Cedillo, D- Los Angeles. He contends the Arizona law is uncontitutional.
Arizona's law requires law enforcement officers to check the citizenship of anyone they believe might be in the country illegally, but only if they're stopped for suspicion of another crime.
The resolution not only calls for an economic boycott of Arizona, it also urges Major League Baseball to reconsider Arizona as host of the 2011 All Star Game. It also includes a travel warning cautioning California residents about traveling in Arizona because they might be subjected to unlawful scrutiny.
Several lawmakers and civil rights leaders joined Cedillo at the State Capitol Wednesday.
"We don't want people to go back to plantation politics," said St. Sen. Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco. "If you're good enough to clean my toilet in my house, but you can't live in my house, then that's criminal."
Opponents of the proposed boycott say California should not meddle in Arizona's business. Mark Williams, a former radio host and former Chairman of the Tea Party Express, says California has enough problems of its own.
"Rather than take care of business at home where everything is perfect, birds are twittering and unicorns are flying through the air, we're going after Arizona," Williams said.
Critics of the proposed boycott say it might actually hurt California as it faces a $19 billion budget shortfall. The measure now goes to a legislative committe for approval.
By Jennifer Smith, Jsmith@news10.net
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