Berkeley's City Council Tuesday will consider restricting official travel to Arizona and canceling contracts with businesses there in reaction to a new state law allowing police to question and detain people they think are in the U.S. illegally.
If one of two similar measures passes at the Tuesday night meeting, Berkeley will join Oakland, Richmond and San Francisco, which already have passed measures aimed at taking away business from companies in the state.
San Pablo was scheduled to consider adding its voice to the opposition on Monday.
Other cities, such as Newark and Walnut Creek, will steer clear of the issue.
One of Berkeley's two competing resolutions on the subject by council members Jesse Arreguin, Kriss Worthington and Darryl Moore say Arizona's new law will "inevitably lead to racial profiling, jeopardizes public safety and creates a wedge between law enforcement and ethnic communities." The resolution also encourages Berkeley's residents, businesses, churches, schools and other organizations to boycott Arizona.
A competing resolution authored by council members Linda Maio and Laurie Capitelli, urges the city to do the same thing unless Arizona rescinds the law.
Like the San Francisco resolution, Berkeley's resolution states that the Arizona law "will not only intimidate our nannies and our gardeners, but also our nurses and our home care workers. And it will not stop there. It will intimidate our college students, teachers, doctors, lawyers, engineers. Everyone who looks Latino — citizens, legal permanent residents, temporary visa holders and the undocumented — will be primary targets under this law."