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Boston Councilors Take Aim At Arizona Immigration Law

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Boston City Council is stepping into the fray over the controversial new law in Arizona that requires police to question people if they have suspicions about their immigration status.

Councilors Michael Ross and Felix Arroyo plan to present a resolution Tuesday that would seek to identify and possibly sever any investments the city has with Arizona and Arizona-based companies.

Arroyo said it's important to take a stand against the law, even if no financial ties are found.

"As a Latino myself, if I were in Arizona, based on the law they just passed, I could be stopped and asked to prove my citizenship," he said. "I was born in the city of Boston. Does that mean I have to walk around with my birth certificate in my back pocket?"

The resolution would also ask city employees not to travel to Arizona for conferences or other city business.

The move follows similar measures against Arizona taken by city officials in Washington, D.C., New York and Los Angeles.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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