Do You Feel Us?

1 05 2006

This is the question the illegals are asking today and the heartbeat of their protest today. Here in east Tennessee, I interviewed the owner of a local Mexican restaurant last weekend, who requested ananymity, and his basic view is that protests such as these are ridiculous. He told me he is a legal immigrant. He hires only legal immigrants. Most of his staff were born here and are known as “anchor babies.” In other words, the rest of the family hitches onto the U.S.-born baby’s citizenship to live here legally. He emphasized what I had heard several other sources say as well, that for every one illegal (or legal) protestor, there are 5 immigrants spending money, going to work, going to school…

Even if the ratio is only 1 to 1…who cares? America is still standing. I just came back to my office from meetings all day and I noticed no difference in vehicle nor foot traffic in all the buildings, businesses, and restaurants I was in today.

In Mexico, the sentiment is a bit different. Via Mexidata:

In Mexico, what began as a vague appeal for cross-border solidarity on the Internet is snowballing into a movement as well. In various parts of the country, labor unions, regional and local business groups, and ex-bracero associations are supporting a one-day boycott of US products and businesses.

“For me, the protest serves a double purpose: I get to support the immigrants and I also get to express my slightly anti-Yankee sentiments,” said Mexico City cafe owner Joaquin Garcia Nava.

As in the United States, the Roman Catholic Church is adding legitimacy, voice and presence to the movement. And the bishops of the Mexican border cities of Ciudad Juarez, Tijuana, Mexicali, Nogales, Reynosa, Nuevo Laredo, and Piedras Negras have all endorsed the May 1 action. In Mexico, what began as a vague appeal for cross-border solidarity on the Internet is snowballing into a movement as well. In various parts of the country, labor unions, regional and local business groups, and ex-bracero associations are supporting a one-day boycott of US products and businesses.

Some big businesses are closing today for lack man-power. Via AP:

Some big businesses were shutting down operations: Six of 14 Perdue Farms plants will close; Gallo Wines in Sonoma, Calif., was giving its 150 employees the day off; Tyson Foods Inc., the world’s largest meat producer, planned to shut five of its nine beef plants and four of six pork plants.

HINT to Congress: Start cracking down here. Look, we even have a list for you to start with!

Michelle Malkin has a blogosphere wrap up. Michelle also has a good “Vent” over at Hot Air, and here too.
Other bloggers still standing today: Iowa Voice, basil’s blog, Ace of Spades, Freedom Watch, Blogs for Bush, Expose The Left, Right Wing News, Wizbang plus a Part I and II

Iowa Voice trackbacked with: Immigration Protest Round-Up

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