City of El Paso Condemns Arizona, Calls for a Boycott
POSTED: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 6:20pm
UPDATED: Monday, May 24, 2010 - 2:16pm
EL PASO, TX - Protesters say Arizona's new immigration law will lead to racial profiling. Supporters argue it's not a matter of skin color, but immigration status. Either way the city, like the county, has now taken a strong stand against the law.
At first, the city's resolution only condemned Arizona, but counselors added a boycott at last minute and approved the measure.
Representative Carl Robinson was the only one to vote against it.
"I would think that Representative Robinson would have supported the stopping of racial profiling of the Mexican-American community," Representative Eddie Holguin said
Holguin wrote the resolution. He didn't write the boycott, but he supported it. Other city leaders suspect that's why Robinson didn't vote for the measure.
"He did not voice an opinion or state an opinion as to why he opposed it. It may have been because of the partial boycott issue," Mayor John Cook said.
We looked for Robinson after the meeting, but it appears he left with out taking questions.
The mayor said he's aware people might think of El Paso as a sanctuary city, but he said if people are afraid to talk to police because of their immigration status it could lead to spillover.
Now to clarify the boycott, it only limits city employee travel to the state of Arizona. It is not as harsh as the county's resolution calling for full ban on the state. Also unlike the county's resolution, the city's is calling for President Obama and Congress to tackle the issue of immigration reform in the country.