Los Angeles Officials, using their positions in government, are targeting any company that is willing to accept contracts for building President Donald Trump’s border wall.
The Los Angeles City Council is making a wild move to defy Trump-they are passing rules to to exclude companies they deem too Trumpian, Daily Wire reports.
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council, firmly decide to hinder President Trump’s attempt to build a wall between the United States and Mexico, voted to compose a law that forces companies which are doing business with the city to reveal whether they have contracts to help design, build or provide supplies for “any proposed border wall between Mexico and the United States of America.”
The Los Angeles Times reports that the law was proposed by Councilman Gil Cedillo, who said, “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.” He added that the idea of the wall was “repugnant,” terming it a racist and xenophobic plan. Cedillo pontificated, “Immigrants are the foundation, here in Los Angeles, of our economy. 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.”
This wouldn’t be the first time that Councilman Cedillo has used the city government for his personal purposes.
In an earlier public statement, he said, “I would hope that those who want to do business with us share our values and understand the importance of a city that is significantly immigrant, that the foundation of our economy is immigrant, that our social fabric is immigrant.”
But, Cedillo isn’t alone. Council President Herb Wesson also said something similar: “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.”
Nevertheless, the rule is a way to embarrass a company in public, and it isn’t possible that any company would like to deal with the ensuing PR storm after the councilmen tried to use their bid for their political games. So, the rule does prohibit companies that agreed to accept government contracts.
This idea has also leaked into the state legislature, DW says.
State Senator Ricardo Lara wants to ban California from awarding contracts to companies that are involved in the construction of a border wall, which he said would “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.”
But members of the business community have struck back.
Brian Turmail, spokesman for the Associated General Contractors of America, has already ripped the cities of Berkeley and Oakland for voting to eschew working with companies working on a border wall. He said:
“Whatever your politics are on the border wall, punishing local workers is not the right way to go about expressing your opinion. It opens up a Pandora’s box for other municipalities to start discriminating against firms that do work they find politically unpalatable.”