D.C. Council to consider boycotting Arizona to protest immigration law

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The D.C. Council plans to take up a resolution as early as next Tuesday that calls on the city government to boycott Arizona over the state's recently enacted immigration law.

The final language of the resolution still must be fine-tuned, but a draft circulated Tuesday by Hispanic activists calls on both the city government and the employee pension fund to "divest" from "any companies that originate out of Arizona or that do business with Arizona." Some council members want to target the impact to only the state government.

"Anything where government is sponsoring any sort of profiling that I believe is racist, we have to take a stand against as the nation's capital," said council member Michael A. Brown (I-At Large), who plans to introduce the resolution.

Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) called the Arizona law "a crime against civil rights," saying he wants to "carefully and sympathetically consider" a possible response.

It is unclear how much business the District does with Arizona.

-- Tim Craig

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