The Los Angeles City Council voted this week to create a new law that would, ultimately, punish construction companies for working to help the United States enforce her sovereign borders. In a move that’s been coming since spring, the council decided that any company looking to do business with the city of L.A. would have to first reveal if they have helped to design or build “any proposed border wall between Mexico and the United States of America.”
According to the L.A. Times, the law is the brainchild of Councilman Gil Cedillo, who told the paper,” We want to know if there are people who do business with the city of Los Angeles who wish to profit from building a wall that would divide us from our nearest and dearest neighbor Mexico.” Cedillo went on to call the wall “repugnant” in its racism towards Hispanics.
“Immigrants are the foundation, here in Los Angeles, of our economy,” he said. “They are tightly woven into the social fabric of this city. And you cannot separate them or divide their families here in this city without disrupting the character of this city.”
The law as written would not automatically bar companies who have worked on the wall from doing business with the city, but the City Council has not been subtle about making that their eventual aim. At the very least, the councilmen have expressed interest in a clause that would let them take a company’s contracts with the Trump administration into consideration when scoring bids.
“I do think that it’s important for us on this council to send a message as to what our values are and the type of people that we want to do business with,” said City Council President Herb Wesson.
On the state level, Democrat legislators are thinking about making this kind of law a California-wide proposal.
From the Times:
Some California lawmakers are already trying to go further: State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) has pushed to prohibit California from awarding contracts to companies that are providing goods or services to build a border wall. Lara argued that the purpose of the wall was “to spread hatred and division.”
“I don’t want to look back in 10 years and say Californians didn’t do everything we could to block the wall,” Lara said in a written statement.
Lara plans to continue pursuing the bill in the fall, with amendments meant to specifically target “prime contractors” rather than small businesses.
To say this is pathetic would be an insult to all things pathetic. We’re talking about our borders. We’re talking about CRIMINAL ALIENS, not “immigrants.” We’re talking about the enforcement of federal laws that protect our national security. And these Democrats want to punish companies that are willing to push beyond the controversy? It’s sad.
Something’s “tightly woven into the social fabric” of Los Angeles, all right. It’s called anti-Americanism, and it stinks.