-CAPS notes that Los Angeles receives power and water from Arizona-
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., May 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to Arizona's efforts to enforce immigration laws, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called for a boycott of the state, and the City Council agreed by a vote of 13-1. It turns out that Los Angeles receives about a quarter of its electricity from Arizona along with a substantial portion of its water.
Now, an Arizona official has offered to return the favor of a boycott. Gary Pierce, a statewide elected member of the state's Corporation Commission wrote to Villaraigosa:
I received your message; please receive mine... Approximately twenty-five percent of the electricity consumed in Los Angeles is generated by power plants in Arizona... I will be happy to encourage Arizona utilities to renegotiate your power agreements so Los Angeles no longer receives any power from Arizona-based generation.
"This just shows how ridiculous and hypocritical it is for Los Angeles and other cities to call for a boycott of Arizona," said Marilyn DeYoung, Chairman of the Board of Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS).
The Arizona legislation incorporates current federal law into state law. The requirement for foreigners to carry identification has been part of federal law for 70 years, and the "reasonable suspicion" standard is the same as that used by federal officers.
"Since the Arizona law incorporates federal standards, Los Angeles should boycott the United States. Mayor Villaraigosa should be consistent and refuse to accept any federal dollars," said DeYoung.
Several surveys have shown broad, national support for the Arizona law. The Associated Press reported that its recent poll found "almost twice as many people support the Arizona law as those who oppose it."
"I hope we do not engage in boycott wars every time we have political disagreements in this country, but if we have dueling boycotts on this issue, the losers will be those entities that support illegal immigration. Clearly, the American people are opposed to illegal immigration and want it stopped," DeYoung stated.
SOURCE Californians for Population Stabilization