The city council of Los Angeles voted this week to draft legislation that would require all companies seeking to do business with the city must reveal whether they are working on the wall along the Mexican border. The law would require companies to reveal whether they are helping to build a wall along the Mexican border, arguing that Angelenos deserve to know.

At a Tuesday meeting, the City Council voted to draft a law that would require companies seeking or doing business with the city to disclose contracts to help design, build, or provide supplies for “any proposed border wall between Mexico and the United States of America.”

Democrat Gil Cedillo 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.” Cedillo proposed the law. He told local media that President Trump’s proposed wall is not only “repugnant,” but also racist and xenophobic. “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,” Cedillo said.

While the proposal would not ban companies working on the wall from doing business with the city, Cedillo admitted that the proposed rules would serve as a deterrent. He added that he would vote against city contracts with such firms.

Cedillo and his allies are seeking counsel as to how the city can ban the firms affected, or take other steps such as scoring them them lower when they compete for city contracts. 

Elsewhere in California, State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D) wants to prohibit the state government from awarding contracts to companies that provide goods or services to build a border wall. Lara argued that the purpose of the wall was “to spread hatred and division.”

City officials in Berkeley and Oakland have also voted to sanction companies working on the border wall.




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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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