Skip to comments.U.S. Firms Say Mexican 'Nothing Gringo' Boycott Could Backfire
Posted on 04/26/2006 3:59:40 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch
MEXICO CITY 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 actively lobbied the U.S. Congress for immigration reform including legalization for many of the estimated 11 million undocumented migrants.
Mexicans' refusal to "buy American" on May 1 could further polarize the debate and make reform supporters seem anti-American at the very moment that lobbyists are trying to persuade lawmakers in Washington to pass a bill that would benefit migrants, worries Larry Rubin, the chamber's president.
"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?"
Migrants 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 migrants' 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.
But even activists are confused about which companies are U.S.-owned. Sears is cited by boycott organizers, despite the fact that Sears' Mexico stores were bought by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim in 1997. And few organizers mention Vips the chain of ubiquitous Mexican diners even though they are owned by Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
A quarter of Mexico's formal private-sector jobs with regular pay are provided by U.S. firms, according to the chamber, including Walmex, the Mexican Wal-Mart....
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Looks like they want to shoot themselves in the foot!
Go for it!
What happens when nobody notices a difference???
ping for later consumption
I hope "Nothing Gringo"
means they will completely abstain from coming to El Norte
yeah! no illegals for a day.. wait .. make it no illegals for a couple of years! yeah that's it!! lmao
Where is the outrage? Where is the PC police? Surely they will start demanding apologies and reparations for such derogatory terms like "gringo" being used.
Oh, that's right, it's ok to insult and bad mouth the eeeevil white Americans. Silly me. Now if we organized a "Nothing Beaner" boycott you can bet your @$$ that the sensitivity gestapo would be all over it.
Armed troops and a fence.
may your words be of prophetic nature
I'm thinking that good ole American made tools will be a nice purchase for the Great American capitalist pig shopping spree. Then I can use those tools to do one of those jobs Americans won't do.
Personally, I think those of us who are here legally (whether immigrant or native born) and employed should absent ourselves from work on Cinco de Mayo and show what it really looks like when Americans don't want to do their jobs.
Already have my May 1st shopping list on the fridge. It's going to be a lovely day without having to dodge a few dozen illegals' wild kids as they're running up and down the aisles. Ahhhh, a lovely day.
"The American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico". One of the fences biggest enemies and supporters of LET THEM COME.
If they can do this while they are illegal, wait until you see how demanding they can be after they've been legitimized through amnesty.
These illegals are natural communists and they are just cutting their teeth with this early bit of attempted economic blackmail.
I really do wish they would boycott us. I mean really boycott. As in, stop coming here and leaching off of us, type of boycott. However I huighly doubt that a "boycott" will keep them from getting their backs wet on 5/1.
¡El Boicoteo Mexicano Ping!
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