No, it’s no the Lakers vs. The Suns.
But it is LA vs Los Suns.
Los Angeles’ city council votes to boycott Arizona for its enforcement of existing federal law. No word yet on how China’s human rights violations will be treated. Ignorance of the law is no excuse.
The next time the Lakers play Los Suns in Phoenix, traveling fans are advised to bring their own snacks. The L.A. City Council voted 13-1 on Wednesday to economically boycott the state of Arizona for daring to protect its borders against the crime, violence and illegal immigration that recently took the life of an Arizona rancher and has made Phoenix the kidnapping capital of the U.S.
Council member and co-sponsor Janice Hahn, who is also running for California lieutenant governor, was asked about the Lakers’ upcoming NBA playoff series with the Suns. Games 3 and 4 are scheduled in Phoenix. Hahn told NBCLA, “If you go, we’re hoping you take your own snacks and won’t buy things in Arizona.” This is beyond silly.
The Arizona law, SB1070, empowers local police officers to check the immigration status of individuals whom they have encountered during a “lawful contact,” if an officer reasonably suspects the person stopped of being in the country illegally, and if an inquiry into the person’s status is “practicable.”
Councilman Ed Reyes, one of the measure’s co-sponsors, sees it differently: “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.” Neither is it true.
The police are authorized to act only when an individual is suspected of some other violation of the law and “reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States.” The law says that police “may not solely consider race, color or national origin” in inquiring about the immigration status of a suspect individual. However, if you’re caught speeding without a valid driver’s license and don’t speak a word of English, that’s probable cause.
This doesn’t make Arizona South Africa or require Councilman Reyes to carry a passport lest he be immediately taken to the transporter room and beamed to Mexico City. As Heather MacDonald of City Journal points out, the law does require legal aliens to carry their immigration documents. This mirrors an existing federal law that also applies to Swedish moms.
Failure to comply with the federal law on carrying immigration papers becomes a state misdemeanor under the Arizona law. Critics of Arizona enlisting local police to enforce federal immigration law fail to note the existence of the federal 287G program that trains local police to do just that.
Los Angeles, of course, is considered a sanctuary city for illegal aliens. This policy is embodied in Special Order 40, a more than 30-year-old Los Angeles Police Department rule that bars police from arresting anyone based solely on their immigration status, or from notifying immigration officials about an illegal immigrant in their custody.
We won’t even go into the irony of L.A. declaring a boycott of another state at the very time its most productive citizens have declared a silent boycott against the city — leaving it in droves due to the corrupt and highly racialized political culture, high taxes, excessive regulations and overtly hostile attitude toward businesses and entrepreneurs.
Addressing her state’s new law, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said: “It’s already the law in the United States, and I have a responsibility to stand up and protect the people of Arizona and we will do that. I find it really interesting that we have people out there that are attempting a boycott in favor of illegal actions in Arizona. That to me is just unbelievable.”
We find it unbelievable too. There are plenty of unsavory places on this planet to boycott. We also know Phoenix is lovely this time of year. (IBD)
I would add, since Arizonians love to to go to LA and San Diego for vacations in the summer time that maybe you should rethink that.
Your “racist” “Nazi” License plate may attack unwanted attention from the California Holy Crusaders.
After all, if they want to boycott us, why not boycott them?
Go to Utah instead. It’s beautiful country and they don’t have any “sanctuary” cities like California, Colorado, New Mexico and parts of Texas.
And you won’t risk some liberal vandalizing your property in the name of their “moral superiority”.
Or you could go to these places and just say “in your face”.
As of yesterday, AG Eric Holder still hasn’t read the law. But Holder’s spokesman, Matthew Miller, said Friday that his boss “has been thoroughly briefed on the law, which has already been amended since the initial version passed, and has heard concerns from a range of law enforcement and community officials. He and the Department will continue to review it in detail to determine what options are available to the federal government.”
Translation: He hasn’t read it and probably never will.
It’s beneath his time and stature to do so.
But he will pontificate and pass judgment though.
Beside, it’s better to not know the truth and look a fool than to know the truth and BE a fool.
That’s what Liberals do.