Contact: Tony Bell, Communications Deputy
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May 26, 2010 For Immediate Release
ANTONOVICH CALLS COUNTY PROPOSAL TO BOYCOTT ARIZONA STUPID
LOS ANGELES COUNTY -- Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich called the proposal to divest and boycott Arizona over the state’s passage of SB 1070, making illegal federal immigration law a violation of state law Stupid.
“As elected officials, we take an oath to uphold the federal and state constitutions. To boycott a state for enforcing our federal laws is in direct violation of that oath. The propaganda by both the media and others is intentionally misleading because Arizona’s law mirrors federal law. Rather than debating a boycott, this Board should hold our federal representatives accountable for their failure to act on immigration reform but also for their failure to reimburse costs incurred by local governments.
This knee jerk reaction to support law breakers at the expense of law-abiding legal immigrants and other residents is irresponsible.
A divestment and a boycott is a disingenuous show of perceived political correctness that will only backfire and will shoot us in the heart -- not in the foot. The fiscal impact of terminating contracts with Arizona would harm our already fragile economic condition of this county and add to our double-digit unemployment rolls.
Arizona supplies Los Angeles County with water and energy as well as jobs and opportunities to our residents who work in those businesses and institutions visited by Arizona residents.”