Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Monday, May 01, 2006

A Day Without Gringos, But Not Low Prices

In the U.S., today was "A Day Without Immigrants" to protest proposed immigration legislation. In Mexico, labor unions staged a "A Day Without Gringos" in sympathy with illegal immigrants in the U.S., urging Mexicans to boycott American businesses. At least a half-dozen state governors in Mexico endorsed this boycott.

However, according to Fox News:
But there was a steady stream of customers at one Wal-Mart "Super Center" in Mexico City.

Juan Ortiz, a 28-year-old salesman who left the store pushing a cartload of food and bathroom goods, said he supported legalizing migrants in the U.S., but didn't think it was practical to boycott U.S. goods here.

"You have to buy what is least expensive here and I have to buy things for my family," he said.

Celestino Garcia, a 32-year-old sandwich seller outside the Wal-mart, said he was seeing the same number of shoppers entering and leaving the store Monday as on any other day.
Working families EVERYWHERE cannot afford to play politics with their wallets. And to think, some naive elitists believe they can actually stage a boycott of Wal-Mart in Pullman.

¡Buena suerte!

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