Per the Los Angeles Times, it looks like the LA City Council officially has joined a a growing list of other cities nationwide in boycotting – to the extent the city councils see possible, anyway – the hot state of Arizona. The boycott comes as a protest against the passage of an arcane immigration law that grants Arizona police fairly wide powers to inquire anyone about their citizenship status (Kev-O had a good run-down of what to do if you are not protesting Arizona, go there to visit the rusty desert, and get stopped because you kind of, sort of look illegal and the cop is having a bad day, or a good one). Our city council compared the law “to Nazi Germany and the beginning of the Holocaust, as well as the internment and deportation of Japanese Americans during World War II.” This analogy, I think, actually is more apt to Joe Arpaio’s actions as sheriff of Phoenix and the rest of Maricopa County than the law itself, but I digress.
Meanwhile, Arizona’s governor, who signed the bill to much fanfare/fanhate, just doesn’t understand why all this is happening to the lil’ ol’ xenophobic people of Arizona:
“Why would they want to hurt the legal citizens?” Brewer says. “You and I, and everybody else in this state. It doesn’t make any sense whatsoever to me.”
Womp, womp, Governor. So sad, too bad.