IMMIGRATION

L.A. Bans Most AZ Travel

The state of Arizona has fewer friends by the day. On Wednesday, the city of Los Angeles joined a growing national opposition to Arizona's controversial anti-illegal immigration bill by passing a ban on most travel to the Southwestern state. The City Council also voted to cease creating new contracts with companies from the state. The vote comes the day after Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed a bill banning ethnic studies classes in Arizona schools. Council members likened the law to rule under Nazi Germany at the beginning of the Holocaust and the internment and deportation of the Japanese during World War II. “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,’’ said councilman Ed Reyes. The 13-1 vote failed to institute a full ban on interstate travel, nor did it cancel all contracts with state companies.