Opponents of Prince William County’s anti-illegal immigration ordinance are apparently planning a boycott:
Hispanic immigrants throughout Prince William County are preparing an economic boycott, work stoppage and massive rally to protest last month’s resolution that sought to deport and deny some government services to illegal residents.
Hispanic immigrant groups are hoping a strong show of financial muscle can help shape public opinion.
“This will show what it would be like without us,” said Francisco Vargas, the owner of Blanca’s Gift Shop in Manassas.
Boycott supporters say Prince William County’s resolution is an attack on the county’s more than 60,000 Hispanic immigrants.
“The effect of this resolution is to instill in the Latino community an atmosphere of terror, desperation and a feeling of discrimination,” the group said in a statement.
A 10-step plan to oppose the resolution includes a boycott of all Prince William County businesses not owned by immigrants on Aug. 27 through Sept. 3, a march and rally Sept. 2, and a labor strike Oct. 9, organizer Ricardo Juarez said.
This all strikes me as a complete bunch of nonsense. Whether you agree with them or not, the ordinances that the Board of Supervisors passed last month have nothing to do with antipathy toward immigrants in general, or towards a specific group of immigrants; they have to do with people who have entered the country, and are residing in the county, illegally.
Frankly, I don’t necessarily support everything that groups like Help Save Manassas are doing or what they believe in, but I think it’s fairly clear that this boycott will be like the proverbial tree falling in the forest when there’s nobody there to hear it.