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April 19, 2006

The Backlash to Protests in Favor of Illegals Should be a Reasoned One

by @ 5:44 pm. Filed under Illegal Aliens, Questionable Items

A fellow blogger that has witnessed the issues I see here in Gwinnett County, Georgia is Bob Griggs. He feels the frustration with federal officials that we all feel. In response to the planned “Nothing Gringo on May 1” boycott, he’s responding with a “Nothing Mexican on Cinco de Mayo” boycott of his own.

I must say that while I feel his anger, given we live in the same county that is loaded with illegals. I think his response should be a little more measured than an all out boycott of all that has Mexican heritage. The protesters that favor illegal immigration are not representative of all Mexicans. While far too many are on their side, we should be careful not to respond to their anti-American/anti-White actions by treating all Mexicans as if they are in agreement with the activity of the Mexican protesters.

So how does one separate those who are in league with condoning illegal activity, from those who do not? Simple, you ask. Just as I’ve shown via my own actions, I think all Americans should strive to do the same every day. I know it may not be doable for all purchases, but try as best you can to always only support businesses that do not employ illegals and do not take part in these protests.

I think instead of boycotting a Mexican restaurant on Cinco de Mayo, that it would have a far greater impact if Americans walked into a Mexican restaurant, asked to speak to the owner and asked “were you open on May 1”? If they say “no”, then leave. Also ask “do you employ illegals”? If they say “yes”, then leave. That will show them you are serious about taking your money elsewhere. And alternatively, you might find a business owned by people who have Mexican heritage, but wish to be 100% American and respect our laws.



26 Responses to “The Backlash to Protests in Favor of Illegals Should be a Reasoned One”

  1. BobG Says:

    Thank you for promoting my article; it has hit a raw nerve nationwide on an important topic. Those who worry about harming legal immigrants raise a valid point; here’s my thinking on this issue:

    In the article, I note first and foremost that the most effective use of our personal resources is to support right-minded elected officials:

    “…there is not much that we can do on a local level to combat the illegal immigration problem except support like-minded elected officials with our dollars and our votes.”

    I have been a community activist in Gwinnett County (GA) for about a decade. I also own a business that provides services to politicians and candidates. I have learned that, with them, “perception is reality.” Because they are (legitimately) concerned about their re-election chances, they often act not on the most important issues but on what is PERCEIVED to be the most important TO THE VOTERS. In other words, if you want to accomplish something legislatively, the “buzz” on an issue is often more important than the issue itself.

    Second, I have put a great deal of thought into the politics of business. You may know that Gwinnett has been one of the fastest growing areas in the nation for over a decade. We now have the largest immigrant population in the state and maybe the southeast, with the possible exception of south Florida. In Gwinnett, growth and development is big business…. homebuilding is also the largest local industry to employ illegals.

    It is true everywhere, I believe, that if you want to move an issue in a certain direction, you threaten the money associated with it. Frankly, I don’t expect my boycott to harm any business to any significant degree, but if it creates OR ADDS TO the PERCEPTION that “we are mad as hell and won’t take it anymore,” then it may help move the politicians in the right direction.

    Again, the purpose of my call is not to harm business, but to influence politicians.

    I didn’t write about my own efforts to date; I agree with your approach completely. For example, I chose to dine at my favorite Mexican restaurant the day after the big march in Atlanta. I go there often; the manager greeted me at the front door. Before we went in, my girlfriend and I asked, “Did you close yesterday for the march?” He replied that he did not, to which I responded that, if he had, I would have quit coming to his restaurant. I explained why.

    I have also asked him in the past if he employed illegals. He said that he did not, but even if he does, I know that he’s thinking twice about it now just because I asked.

    It is a small thing to do, but if everyone was asking the same questions, ESPECIALLY of local business, we could move this issue in the right direction.

    Thanks again for your support.

  2. Amber » Blog Archive » The Backlash to Protests in Favor of Illegals Should be a Reasoned One Says:

    […] A great suggestion from Independent Conservative. Working Americans are too busy to demonstrate, but we can speak with our wallets. If enough people refuse to support businesses that employ illegal immigrants, they will stop employing illegal migrants.  A fellow blogger that has witnessed the issues I see here in Gwinnett County, Georgia is Bob Griggs. He feels the frustration with federal officials that we all feel. In response to the planned “Nothing Gringo on May 1? boycott, he’s responding with a “Nothing Mexican on Cinco de Mayo” boycott of his own. […]

  3. IndependentConservative Says:

    Thanks Bob. I’ve been to parts of Miami and I am certain that they have a much larger immigrant population than we do. And many of those immigrants are probably illegals.

    I think for those who support illegals, actually seeing the money walk away hits them harder than if they never see it passing near them.

    If 5 people ask a business owner those questions, they are going to think about it more than if they simply have 5 less people buy from them that day.

  4. Independent Conservative Says:

    Pro-Amnesty Businessmen Tell Pro-Amnesty Mexicans They Are Shooting Themselves in the Foot

    If the American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico keeps this up, they might end up causing the pro-illegal crowd to realize that their massive protests have been the best recruiting tool for all of us who wish to send illegals back over the border.
    The…

  5. Cao's Blog Says:

    Guard Our Borders Blogburst

    By Heidi at Euphoric Reality
    Today is the much ballyhooed Day Without Latinos……otherwise known as Nothing Gringo Day…officially (yes, as in politically-official) known as the Great American Boycott of 2006: No Shopping, No School, N…

  6. Publius Rendezvous » Guard the Borders Weekly BlogBurst Says:

    […] Frustration with our do-nothing government abounds. Publius Rendezvous states: “The debates within our Senate pertaining to illegal immigration do nothing but illustrate what many have ascertained for quite some time – our Senators know how we feel on this issue, but have blatantly ignored our concerns. What has been glossed over by our ‘thorough’ MSM is that Congress’ approval ratings are worse than President Bush’s. And, I assert that their utter disregard for our sentiments directly correlates with such.” AmboyTimes asks: “So what can a poor gringo do? How about ‘Nothing Mexican Day’? …Our leaders in government may be spineless, but we still have control over our own spending, and we can send a message to illegals and the Mexican government that we’re not going to take this lying down. There is no reason why this won’t work, and we can do it (si ,se puede) without protesting, breaking laws, race-baiting or even calling names.” BobGriggs.com has taken that concept even further and suggests ‘Nothing Mexican on Cinco de Mayo’. As seen on Fox and Friends: “This year, Cinco de Mayo will be a celebration of my hope that America will repulse the current invasion of illegal aliens. I will not patronize my favorite Mexican restaurant nor any other Hispanic-owned or “Mexican-themed” business on May 5 or the week thereafter. Neither will I employ the services of any company that I know to employ illegal aliens. If you feel as frustrated and as voiceless as I do, please join me in my mini-protest and support America’s sovereignty with your dollars on Friday, May 5.” The Independent Conservative respectfully disgarees: “I must say that while I feel his anger, given we live in the same county that is loaded with illegals. I think his response should be a little more measured than an all out boycott of all that has Mexican heritage. The protesters that favor illegal immigration are not representative of all Mexicans. While far too many are on their side, we should be careful not to respond to their anti-American/anti-White actions by treating all Mexicans as if they are in agreement with the activity of the Mexican protesters. So how does one separate those who are in league with condoning illegal activity, from those who do not? Simple, you ask. Just as I’ve shown via my own actions, I think all Americans should strive to do the same every day. I know it may not be doable for all purchases, but try as best you can to always only support businesses that do not employ illegals and do not take part in these protests. I think instead of boycotting a Mexican restaurant on Cinco de Mayo, that it would have a far greater impact if Americans walked into a Mexican restaurant, asked to speak to the owner and asked ‘were you open on May 1?’ If they say no, then leave. Also ask ‘do you employ illegals?’ If they say yes, then leave. That will show them you are serious about taking your money elsewhere. And alternatively, you might find a business owned by people who have Mexican heritage, but wish to be 100% American and respect our laws.” […]

  7. E L Frederick » Says:

    […] Frustration with our do-nothing government abounds. Publius Rendezvous states: “The debates within our Senate pertaining to illegal immigration do nothing but illustrate what many have ascertained for quite some time – our Senators know how we feel on this issue, but have blatantly ignored our concerns. What has been glossed over by our ‘thorough’ MSM is that Congress’ approval ratings are worse than President Bush’s. And, I assert that their utter disregard for our sentiments directly correlates with such.” AmboyTimes asks: “So what can a poor gringo do? How about ‘Nothing Mexican Day’? …Our leaders in government may be spineless, but we still have control over our own spending, and we can send a message to illegals and the Mexican government that we’re not going to take this lying down. There is no reason why this won’t work, and we can do it (si ,se puede) without protesting, breaking laws, race-baiting or even calling names.” BobGriggs.com has taken that concept even further and suggests ‘Nothing Mexican on Cinco de Mayo’. As seen on Fox and Friends: “This year, Cinco de Mayo will be a celebration of my hope that America will repulse the current invasion of illegal aliens. I will not patronize my favorite Mexican restaurant nor any other Hispanic-owned or “Mexican-themed” business on May 5 or the week thereafter. Neither will I employ the services of any company that I know to employ illegal aliens. If you feel as frustrated and as voiceless as I do, please join me in my mini-protest and support America’s sovereignty with your dollars on Friday, May 5.” The Independent Conservative respectfully disgarees: “I must say that while I feel his anger, given we live in the same county that is loaded with illegals. I think his response should be a little more measured than an all out boycott of all that has Mexican heritage. The protesters that favor illegal immigration are not representative of all Mexicans. While far too many are on their side, we should be careful not to respond to their anti-American/anti-White actions by treating all Mexicans as if they are in agreement with the activity of the Mexican protesters. So how does one separate those who are in league with condoning illegal activity, from those who do not? Simple, you ask. Just as I’ve shown via my own actions, I think all Americans should strive to do the same every day. I know it may not be doable for all purchases, but try as best you can to always only support businesses that do not employ illegals and do not take part in these protests. I think instead of boycotting a Mexican restaurant on Cinco de Mayo, that it would have a far greater impact if Americans walked into a Mexican restaurant, asked to speak to the owner and asked ‘were you open on May 1?’ If they say no, then leave. Also ask ‘do you employ illegals?’ If they say yes, then leave. That will show them you are serious about taking your money elsewhere. And alternatively, you might find a business owned by people who have Mexican heritage, but wish to be 100% American and respect our laws.” […]

  8. Something... and Half of Something Says:

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  11. third world county » Blog Archive » Guard the Borders Says:

    […] The Independent Conservative respectfully disgarees: “I must say that while I feel his anger, given we live in the same county that is loaded with illegals. I think his response should be a little more measured than an all out boycott of all that has Mexican heritage. The protesters that favor illegal immigration are not representative of all Mexicans. While far too many are on their side, we should be careful not to respond to their anti-American/anti-White actions by treating all Mexicans as if they are in agreement with the activity of the Mexican protesters. […]

  12. Musings and Ramblings » Guard the Borders Blogburst May 1st Says:

    […] Frustration with our do-nothing government abounds. Publius Rendezvous states: “The debates within our Senate pertaining to illegal immigration do nothing but illustrate what many have ascertained for quite some time – our Senators know how we feel on this issue, but have blatantly ignored our concerns. What has been glossed over by our ‘thorough’ MSM is that Congress’ approval ratings are worse than President Bush’s. And, I assert that their utter disregard for our sentiments directly correlates with such.” AmboyTimes asks: “So what can a poor gringo do? How about ‘Nothing Mexican Day’? …Our leaders in government may be spineless, but we still have control over our own spending, and we can send a message to illegals and the Mexican government that we’re not going to take this lying down. There is no reason why this won’t work, and we can do it (si ,se puede) without protesting, breaking laws, race-baiting or even calling names.” BobGriggs.com has taken that concept even further and suggests ‘Nothing Mexican on Cinco de Mayo’. As seen on Fox and Friends: “This year, Cinco de Mayo will be a celebration of my hope that America will repulse the current invasion of illegal aliens. I will not patronize my favorite Mexican restaurant nor any other Hispanic-owned or “Mexican-themed” business on May 5 or the week thereafter. Neither will I employ the services of any company that I know to employ illegal aliens. If you feel as frustrated and as voiceless as I do, please join me in my mini-protest and support America’s sovereignty with your dollars on Friday, May 5.” The Independent Conservative respectfully disgarees: “I must say that while I feel his anger, given we live in the same county that is loaded with illegals. I think his response should be a little more measured than an all out boycott of all that has Mexican heritage. The protesters that favor illegal immigration are not representative of all Mexicans. While far too many are on their side, we should be careful not to respond to their anti-American/anti-White actions by treating all Mexicans as if they are in agreement with the activity of the Mexican protesters. So how does one separate those who are in league with condoning illegal activity, from those who do not? Simple, you ask. Just as I’ve shown via my own actions, I think all Americans should strive to do the same every day. I know it may not be doable for all purchases, but try as best you can to always only support businesses that do not employ illegals and do not take part in these protests. I think instead of boycotting a Mexican restaurant on Cinco de Mayo, that it would have a far greater impact if Americans walked into a Mexican restaurant, asked to speak to the owner and asked ‘were you open on May 1?’ If they say no, then leave. Also ask ‘do you employ illegals?’ If they say yes, then leave. That will show them you are serious about taking your money elsewhere. And alternatively, you might find a business owned by people who have Mexican heritage, but wish to be 100% American and respect our laws.” […]

  13. pamibe » Guard the Borders Blogburst Says:

    […] The Independent Conservative respectfully disgarees: “I must say that while I feel his anger, given we live in the same county that is loaded with illegals. I think his response should be a little more measured than an all out boycott of all that has Mexican heritage. The protesters that favor illegal immigration are not representative of all Mexicans. While far too many are on their side, we should be careful not to respond to their anti-American/anti-White actions by treating all Mexicans as if they are in agreement with the activity of the Mexican protesters. […]

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  15. BobGriggs.com » Blogger reaction to May 1 - `A Day Without Latinos` Says:

    […] The Independent Conservative respectfully disgarees: “I must say that while I feel his anger, given we live in the same county that is loaded with illegals. I think his response should be a little more measured than an all out boycott of all that has Mexican heritage. The protesters that favor illegal immigration are not representative of all Mexicans. While far too many are on their side, we should be careful not to respond to their anti-American/anti-White actions by treating all Mexicans as if they are in agreement with the activity of the Mexican protesters. […]

  16. Anonymous Says:

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  17. customerservant.com Says:

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  18. Amber » Blog Archive » Today is Stick it To Gringos day Says:

    […] The Independent Conservative respectfully disgarees: “I must say that while I feel his anger, given we live in the same county that is loaded with illegals. I think his response should be a little more measured than an all out boycott of all that has Mexican heritage. The protesters that favor illegal immigration are not representative of all Mexicans. While far too many are on their side, we should be careful not to respond to their anti-American/anti-White actions by treating all Mexicans as if they are in agreement with the activity of the Mexican protesters. […]

  19. The Irate Nation - » Guard The Borders Blogburst Says:

    […] Frustration with our do-nothing government abounds. Publius Rendezvous states: “The debates within our Senate pertaining to illegal immigration do nothing but illustrate what many have ascertained for quite some time – our Senators know how we feel on this issue, but have blatantly ignored our concerns. What has been glossed over by our ‘thorough’ MSM is that Congress’ approval ratings are worse than President Bush’s. And, I assert that their utter disregard for our sentiments directly correlates with such.” AmboyTimes asks: “So what can a poor gringo do? How about ‘Nothing Mexican Day’? …Our leaders in government may be spineless, but we still have control over our own spending, and we can send a message to illegals and the Mexican government that we’re not going to take this lying down. There is no reason why this won’t work, and we can do it (si ,se puede) without protesting, breaking laws, race-baiting or even calling names.” BobGriggs.com has taken that concept even further and suggests ‘Nothing Mexican on Cinco de Mayo’. As seen on Fox and Friends: “This year, Cinco de Mayo will be a celebration of my hope that America will repulse the current invasion of illegal aliens. I will not patronize my favorite Mexican restaurant nor any other Hispanic-owned or “Mexican-themed” business on May 5 or the week thereafter. Neither will I employ the services of any company that I know to employ illegal aliens. If you feel as frustrated and as voiceless as I do, please join me in my mini-protest and support America’s sovereignty with your dollars on Friday, May 5.” The Independent Conservative respectfully disgarees: “I must say that while I feel his anger, given we live in the same county that is loaded with illegals. I think his response should be a little more measured than an all out boycott of all that has Mexican heritage. The protesters that favor illegal immigration are not representative of all Mexicans. While far too many are on their side, we should be careful not to respond to their anti-American/anti-White actions by treating all Mexicans as if they are in agreement with the activity of the Mexican protesters. So how does one separate those who are in league with condoning illegal activity, from those who do not? Simple, you ask. Just as I’ve shown via my own actions, I think all Americans should strive to do the same every day. I know it may not be doable for all purchases, but try as best you can to always only support businesses that do not employ illegals and do not take part in these protests. I think instead of boycotting a Mexican restaurant on Cinco de Mayo, that it would have a far greater impact if Americans walked into a Mexican restaurant, asked to speak to the owner and asked ‘were you open on May 1?’ If they say no, then leave. Also ask ‘do you employ illegals?’ If they say yes, then leave. That will show them you are serious about taking your money elsewhere. And alternatively, you might find a business owned by people who have Mexican heritage, but wish to be 100% American and respect our laws.” […]

  20. American Daughter Media Center - Front Page » Blog Archive » Guard The Borders Blogburst Says:

    […] The Independent Conservative respectfully disgarees: “I must say that while I feel his anger, given we live in the same county that is loaded with illegals. I think his response should be a little more measured than an all out boycott of all that has Mexican heritage. The protesters that favor illegal immigration are not representative of all Mexicans. While far too many are on their side, we should be careful not to respond to their anti-American/anti-White actions by treating all Mexicans as if they are in agreement with the activity of the Mexican protesters. […]

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  22. A Lady's Ruminations Says:

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    […] The Independent Conservative respectfully disgarees: “I must say that while I feel his anger, given we live in the same county that is loaded with illegals. I think his response should be a little more measured than an all out boycott of all that has Mexican heritage. The protesters that favor illegal immigration are not representative of all Mexicans. While far too many are on their side, we should be careful not to respond to their anti-American/anti-White actions by treating all Mexicans as if they are in agreement with the activity of the Mexican protesters. […]

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