Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Hispanic boycott in Arizona - dud

The The Washington Times reports that a Hispanic boycott of local businesses around the state, including a no-work day, organized by the Centro de Ayuda (help center) in Phoenix was a failure. The boycott and stay home from work day was called to protest several initiatives passed or about to be passed by the Arizona legislature.
This is a test so people can see and feel the power we have and the actual stranglehold we have on the economy of this state,
crowed Elias Bermúdez, identified as the help center's executive director, prior to the boycott.

When the boycott failed, he claimed that the dud was due to the poor immigrant's inability to afford to lose a day of work. He also claims that this boycott was just a test for the real thing coming in July.

The report lists the measure passed as Prop 200,
which required state and local government employees to verify the immigration status of those seeking public benefits and to report to federal immigration authorities any applicant who is in violation of U.S. law.
Immigrant action groups sued to get the measure declared unconstitutional but a judge threw out the suit saying that
it failed to prove potential harm from the enforcement of the initiative.
The proposed initiatives include;
laws that restrict the use of the Mexican matricula, or identification card; require illegal aliens to pay out-of-state college tuition; deny access to literacy programs to illegals; adopt English as Arizona's official state language; and mandate that state funds be denied for the construction and operation of a day-workers center.
These illegal immigration issues are really starting to heat up. I predict that these issues which are now currently hot items all along the border states will spread into the heartland, and when they do become hot issues in the heart of the red states that Washington (our gutless politicians, that is) will respond appropriately.

From Lucianne.

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