ASSociated Press: State Senate Supports Immigrant Walkout On Monday
California’s state senators on Thursday endorsed Monday’s boycott of schools, jobs and stores by illegal immigrants and their allies as supporters equated the protest with great social movements in American history.
By a 24-13 vote that split along party lines, the California Senate approved a resolution that calls the one-day protest the Great American Boycott 2006 and describes it as an attempt to educate Americans “about the tremendous contribution immigrants make on a daily basis to our society and economy.”
“It’s one day … for immigrants to tell the country peacefully, ‘We matter … (we’re) not invisible,’” said Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, the resolution’s chief author. She said immigrants make up a third of California’s labor force and a quarter of its residents.
Opponents said the nonbinding resolution was misleading because it failed to mention a goal of the boycott was pressuring Congress to legalize millions of undocumented people.
The Great American Boycott 2006 is nothing more than a Mexican “Nothing Gringo” campaign.
Will it be successful?
Yes and no…
The unions will put their folks on the street and all of the Hispanic students in the Los Angeles schools will walk out.
But……even as the LEFTIE organizers obtain a turn-out, there will be a massive backlash.
Chicago Tribune: `Nothing Gringo’ boycott risks backlash, U.S. group says
U.S. lobbyists lashed out Wednesday at the Mexican “Nothing Gringo” campaign timed for May 1 to coincide with the “Day Without Immigrants” boycott in the United States.
The American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico said organizers are risking a backlash and foolishly targeting some of their best allies, since U.S. corporations have lobbied the U.S. Congress for immigration reform including legalization for many of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants.
Mexicans’ refusal to “buy American” on May 1 could further polarize the debate and make reform supporters seem anti-American just as lobbyists are trying to persuade lawmakers in Washington to pass a bill that would benefit immigrants, said Larry Rubin, the chamber’s chief executive.
“This is like shooting oneself in the foot,” Rubin said. “U.S. companies have been the first to lobby, launching a huge lobbying effort for immigration reform. … Why hurt something that is helping you?”
Immigrants and their supporters in the United States are being encouraged to skip work and school and not spend money for one day to demonstrate the immigrants’ importance to the U.S. economy.
South of the border, Mexicans are targeting American stores and chain restaurants. “That means no Dunkin’ Donuts, no McDonald’s, Burger King, Starbucks, Sears, Krispy Kreme or Wal-Mart,” reads one e-mail making the rounds.
Let them protest but the Congress will get the message. Do immigration reform wrong like President Bush and the Kennedy-McCain immigration amnesty bill and you will have more protests later……
But, we AMERICANS vote too.
BORDER SECURITY FIRST, ENFORCE IMMIGRATION LAWS and NO ILLEGAL ALIEN AMNESTY in pending immigration reform bills.
A cross-section of Hispanic groups is not supporting the May Day walk-out:
Pajamas Media: ‘You don’t speak for me’Â
With the the May 1 illegal immigrants boycott approachingâ€”a boycott of jobs, schools and business (â€˜Nothing Gringoâ€™ Day to some)â€”another group plans to make its collective voice heard on the subject. This group is planning a press conference on the same day, featuring â€œa cross section of the Hispanic American community: lawyers, doctors, teachers, scientists, former government and military officials, who are immigrants and children of immigrants.â€
The ill-conceived idea (by International ANSWER) to conduct this nation-wide boycott on May Day, a holiday celebrating socialism and communism, is â€œa sure fire way to upset American citizens,â€ says James Hudnall. Unfortunately, this proposed event is bringing out the worst in already twisted individuals.
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