Utah Latino groups urge boycott of stores, banks in protest of illegal immigration bills

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  • Belching Cow Sandy, UT
    March 15, 2011 8:03 a.m.

    Are they going to boycott all welfare services while they are at it?

  • Lucky53 West Valley City, Utah
    March 14, 2011 9:24 a.m.

    As the Latinos begin the boycott, please remember to boycott The unemployment office, W.I.C., S.S.I., Food stamps, the food bank, emergency rooms, clinics, doctors, hospitals where there were 4800 children born to illegal parents last year, legal aid, public schools, just to name a few. Will you also boycott the illegal store front operations that sell fake I.D., pirated media, illegal alcohol, drugs, firearms, and pornography? Maybe if the boycott lasts long enough, people will remeber what it was like without illegals.

  • AzObserver Fredonia, Arizona
    March 11, 2011 6:55 p.m.

    The first people who were hurt in the Arizona boycott were the hispanic businesses and then the many business who hired legal hispanic workers to cook, clean rooms and generally employed in the tourist and service industries. It hurt most the people that the boycott claimed to be supporting.

    This is like the unions striking against and boycotting Bashas' grocery stores. They quite effectively put Bashas out of business. Now there are NO jobs, union or non-union! These things always seem to backfire.

  • md Smithfield, UT
    March 11, 2011 5:25 p.m.

    Wow. Talk about blowing one issue into a thousand. I believe that ALL people who break the law should be punished accordingly.

  • Teafortwo salt lake city, utah
    March 11, 2011 3:48 p.m.

    Why would a couple of extremists like Gutierrez and Archuleta believe that hispanics will follow their boycott? The hispanics I know, both native born Americans and immigrants, are opposed to illegal immigration. I think these two amigos get more media attention than their actual power and support would justify. In fact, I think they are a couple of race-card-players, cut from the same cloth as nuts like Al Sharpton. I wonder why the D-News gives them so much coverage when they are so out of touch?

  • Watch Dog Provo, UT
    March 11, 2011 3:45 p.m.

    I have an idea to "support" this boycott.

    Let those of us who want the illegal aliens out of here so WE, our citizens, can find the jobs these illegal aliens hold, do our shopping in the next two weeks -- and then, let US, those of us that want our laws honored; those of us whom believe that we should be looking out for our own first; let us NOT buy anything for the following two weeks after their boycott.

    We KNOW that 75% of our citizens want these foreigner illegal aliens out of here. So let's take them up on their boycott. It is time that we stepped up and stopped putting up with their intimidation and threats. Perhaps it's time we did some boycotting of our own!

  • Elcapitan Ivins, UT
    March 11, 2011 3:02 p.m.

    It is time to face reality. "He that entereth not by the door of the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other easy is the same as a thief and a robber". Now the editors may not like what I have to say as of late and edit this out, however, these are not my words but those of our Master.

  • David B. Cedar City, UT
    March 11, 2011 2:35 p.m.

    They can boycott all they want and it's not going to hurt any legitimate business anywhere.They can take what little money they have in the bank and I don't care.If they want to protest then they go back to Mexico and protest your gov't there til you get results!Don't bring your problems here to us and live for free and have us pay for it.

  • Miss Piggie Nuevo Leon, Mexico
    March 11, 2011 2:13 p.m.

    @Jonathan Eddy:

    "How would you know they are here illegally?..........Yeah, that's what I thought. You see folks, this is the kind of Nazi cattle train, knee jerk, throw the baby with the bath water mentality that scares me to death."

    Then perhaps Senor Gutierrez should abandon off his call for a boycott.

    "If you are brown and legal, you should live in fear of what people are secretly thinking about you."

    If you are brown and legal you should be assisting with sending illegals home. Who better than you would know who they are and where they live?


    @Jonathan Eddy

    "If you don't believe me, read the comments above from all of these rational, law abiding Utahans."

    Apparently only those with brown skin can legally boycott.

  • Mr. Bean Nuevo Leon, Mexico
    March 11, 2011 1:58 p.m.

    @Jonathan Eddy

    "But before the great day of the Lord shall come, Jacob shall flourish in the wilderness, and the Lamanites shall blossom as the rose. The Americas are the land of the Lamanites inheritance."

    Sorry, Jonathan but Hispanics have zero, nada 'Jacob' DNA. It's all from the East (orient). There's some Mid-East DNA around (gasp) Palmyra New York.

    "The Lamanites (those with "Indian" blood from Mexico, Central and South America) will come regardless of the fences, real and metaphorical that we have built to block them out."

    That's true. And the recently passed Utah law will see to that. They will all come via Nuevo Leon, Meheeko with work visas.

    "Our fear is perhaps a basically white nation changing its color. The unknown future is intimidating."

    It's a race between them and the Muslims to see who will take over first. Would be interesting to see a civil war between these two groups.

    "I just hope that when the Lamanites do blossom as a rose in "our" Gentile neighborhoods, they will remember the kindness that we have shown to them when they do arrive in masses."

    Don't count on it.

  • justducky Brigham City, UT
    March 11, 2011 1:15 p.m.

    So, we will see a rush of Food Stamp Horizon cards used right before the boycott and a rush when it ends?
    This will really show citizens how much clout Illegals have.

  • hispanic from AF American Fork, UT
    March 11, 2011 12:51 p.m.

    How refreshing !! I am looking forward to the two-weeks boycott. We won't have to hear the Spanish language spoken aloud while they obtain groceries with food stamps paided with my tax money. Please, prolongue the boycott! I will make an effort to double my purchasing power during that period of time and I encourage all Utah's hardworking, tax-payers to do the same!

  • OneMadGuy Salt Lake, UT
    March 11, 2011 12:19 p.m.

    Hey, that is a good idea. We can't get the state to pass an E-Verify bill but we can boycott business that employ illegals. Which would probably be much more effective in the long run anyway.

    If all the people, who are mad because of the illegal mess we are in, refuse to support businesses that employ illegals that would have a much bigger impact than a few state 'illegal' enforcement officers trying to police all these businesses.

    If illegals can't find jobs they will self deport and take their families with them.

    This boycott thing is a heck of a good idea. Wish we had thought of this two years ago.

    Thanks Jose Gutierrez president of the Utah Hispanic Latino Coalition and Archie Archuleta, Utah La Raza chairman.

  • David B. Cedar City, UT
    March 11, 2011 12:13 p.m.

    I have never been a PC kind of guy ever it upsets me to no end that this allowed to happen.Just why should I pay money in taxes just for it to go to non-English speaking people here illegally that bring drugs,crime,gangs and complete defiance of our laws and gov't wants to play pattycake with it.The 14th ammendment needs to be redone to disallow women to come here just to have their babies at our expense so they can stay here because of the baby.The only thing these people contribute are headaches for all of us that do it the right way.

  • Jonathan Eddy Payson, UT
    March 11, 2011 12:12 p.m.

    Let's stay with your argument that it's not about prejudice. It's about the negative economic impact illegal residency is having on America.

    If that is truly your concern, then I must say that the true source of your fears should not be directed at illegals. Are they a financial drain? Probably. But the impact is equal to a pimple on the rear end of an elephant. Illegals are an easy target because they have a face and a Hispanic surname.

    Criminals with the last names of Mozilo, Diamond, Fuld, Paulsen, Geithner, Greenberg, Bernanke, Summers, Greenspan, Rubin and too many other to list here have not only not been charged and convicted of finance fraud in the TRILLIONS of dollars, they all have pensions in the billions. Because of the complexity of their crimes which has caused the most horrific damage our country has ever seen, you seem to think that getting rid of some illegal aliens will cure America.

    MD, have the courage to indict the REAL bad guys. That's my solution. Attack cancer and stop wasting so much energy on acne. Then bring fair trade and manufacturing back to America. Problem solved!

  • ironrod Cedar Hills, UT
    March 11, 2011 11:56 a.m.

    @Johnathan Eddy
    Get off your high horse, I'm what you would call "Brown" and have NO FEAR! Why because I am a law abiding citizen who has served this country through Military Service and am teaching my children to do obey and honor the law.
    All we ask is for all to do the same regardless of "Color".

  • CJ Murray, UT
    March 11, 2011 11:42 a.m.

    Why don't you all go boycott the government of Mexico? They are the incompetent fools whose only viable policy is to send their citizens to the U.S. If you are here illegally you have no rights at all. Your boycott will mean nothing to us.
    Your economic contribution to this state is a legend in your own mind. The money you extract from the taxpayers and the money you earn from stolen jobs you have no right to even be working at, that is then SENT TO MEXICO ,far outweighs the meager amount you contribute to the economy. Let the boycotts begin, we will boycott you with our elected officials who are accountable to us. You have no vote, you have no right to even be here.

  • md Smithfield, UT
    March 11, 2011 11:15 a.m.

    Obviously, you have no idea about the financial situation in emergency departments.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    March 11, 2011 11:14 a.m.

    Boycott any illegal workers who show up on the jobsite or who work behind the counters of the businesses who hire them.......I want to see how many McDonald hamburgers the illegals can eat!

  • md Smithfield, UT
    March 11, 2011 10:56 a.m.

    I am definitely not a Nazi. What do you propose, sticking our heads in the sand and continuing to go bankrupt to support illegal immigrants? This isn't about skin color, it is about laws being broken. The government wouldn't be as blind to me breaking the law. If I don't pay 55% of every dollar earned to the government, in one way or another, I would be thrown in prison for tax evasion.
    How about giving some solutions?

  • Drifter Provo, UT
    March 11, 2011 10:55 a.m.

    A boycott--great! Maybe I can walk into a store and hear only English, the State Language. A city in Texas tried and it worked out really well. Shoplifting went down, you could walk safely down the street and the streets stayed clean. Yep a boycott would be a good idea. And if you are so offended when we expect you to obey our laws--go Home. Bye now!

  • cindyacre Shelley, ID
    March 11, 2011 10:45 a.m.

    What about the businesses that were not supportive of the bill, and employ illegals? What are you telling those owners? Too bad, so sad?

  • SLars Provo, UT
    March 11, 2011 10:18 a.m.

    Will this include the Mexican food stores?

    By boycotting all Utah business they hurt those that support the illegal behavior and those opposed to it.

    There is no difference between that, and boycotting all stores that hire Hispanic's because they could be here illegally.

    See, it's OK for one side to do it, but if the other follows suit, it's wrong?

  • Jonathan Eddy Payson, UT
    March 11, 2011 10:07 a.m.

    Based on what I am reading from your average Utah citizen, I have some advice for business owners here. I would think twice about hiring any U.S. citizens with brown skin ethnicity. You may be under suspicion of hiring illegal aliens and your business may be boycotted. If you don't believe me, read the comments above from all of these rational, law abiding Utahans.

  • positiverealist Salt Lake City, UT
    March 11, 2011 10:03 a.m.

    HB116 is more reasonable and would require a federal waiver to meet the law. Remember that "unlawful Presence" is not criminal it is only a civil infraction so Gov Herbert can still sign this reasonable bill and make it a law and keep his oath of office. Undocumented people pay rent, hence they pay into the education taxes since property taxes are taken from rent and house payments so much of the information people are misinformed about is wrong. They don't get free Emergency care at the ER. I worked at the ER and these people are billed for their care. My neighbor's daughter cut her finger and these undocumented people are still making payments to the ER for that. If they lie about their name, address etc... I suppose it is then something the hospital will write off but the overall majority of these people don't lie, in fact the overall statistics prove that white Americans abuse the ER rooms more than undocumented people do. Whether you think their children should be illegal or not does not really matter, what matters is what the constitution says and every state recognizes that.

  • Lyle Springville, UT
    March 11, 2011 9:59 a.m.

    Those who have commented here, encouraging boycotts of Hispanic-owned businesses are missing a very important point: most of those businesses are owned by American citizens who happen to be Hispanic. They are as American as you and me! I have no problems at all patronizing such a business, especially a Mexican restaurant (which might be using somebody's grandma's recipes!).

  • Jonathan Eddy Payson, UT
    March 11, 2011 9:56 a.m.

    @ md
    "Hey people. How about we stop HIRING the illegals. If you notice a business hiring illegals, quit supporting them."

    How would you know they are here illegally?..........Yeah, that's what I thought. You see folks, this is the kind of Nazi cattle train, knee jerk, throw the baby with the bath water mentality that scares me to death.

    If you are brown and legal, you should live in fear of what people are secretly thinking about you.

  • md Smithfield, UT
    March 11, 2011 9:37 a.m.

    Hey people. How about we stop HIRING the illegals. If you notice a business hiring illegals, quit supporting them. Let's require employers to check for documentation before hiring them. Penalize the employers if caught. Quit hiring them for their cheap labor in your yard. Quit buying their drugs. Stop educating them with out identification. Stop providing them free health care through our emergency departments. If they are illegal and have a baby...that baby should be illegal too. Take our country back!

  • justcap Provo, UT
    March 11, 2011 9:34 a.m.

    If you don't commit a serious crime, you have nothing to worry about with this law. This bill only affects those who are arrested for felonies and serious misdemeanors... So the real solution isn't to encourage a boycott, but to encourage abiding by state law.

  • ironrod Cedar Hills, UT
    March 11, 2011 9:26 a.m.

    Being of Tejano blood and having grown up in the heart of California's San Joaquin valley where Cesar Chavez rose to prominence and is now buried, I am keenly aware of the Missions of La Raza, Maldef and Mecha.
    Archie Archuleta of Utah's La Raza has lost all credibility in my eyes. Why don't you publish what La Raza's Mission is, to return the Southwest, including Utah, to Mexico by any means necessary.
    They are doing it by sheer numbers, Latinos in California outnumber all other nationalities, even though Latino isn't a nation, and will eventually do the same here if it isn't stopped.
    That is why I moved my family out of California.
    Don't be fooled into thinking they don't vote, they do. La Raza and the other Latino organizations don't want social justice, they want the land back!
    We need to be firm against the lawlessness illegals bring into our communities.
    Sounds harsh but I've seen first hand the impact illegals have, if you are ever in California go to East LA or Santa Ana and marvel at how much it looks like Tijuana.

  • lehiaggie Lehi, UT
    March 11, 2011 8:44 a.m.

    Immigration has stirred up some heated emotions. I'm very bothered by many comments to this article. Too many people have let their emotions lead them to make comments bordering on racism and outright hatred. Remember, you are talking about real people both illegal and legal. Compassion seems to have been forgotten.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 11, 2011 8:19 a.m.

    As a counter measure, how about we Americans boycott every business that employees Latino people. About 10 years should be long enough.

  • Teafortwo salt lake city, utah
    March 11, 2011 8:11 a.m.

    I love the way "Latino activists" try to create conflict by refusing to acknowledge that there is a difference between legal immigrants (who are welcome to here) and illegal immigrants, who are criminals.......

  • Silent Lurker Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 11, 2011 8:09 a.m.

    The voice of the people are speaking, DN and Latinos, are you listening? We (the people) are fed up of your sad stories and pleading for an escape clause to obeying the law. If you don't like the laws here you are free to move back to your own country and speak you own language there.

  • Jonathan Eddy Payson, UT
    March 11, 2011 7:56 a.m.

    D&C 49: 24
    But before the great day of the Lord shall come, Jacob shall flourish in the wilderness, and the Lamanites shall blossom as the rose.

    The Americas are the land of the Lamanites inheritance. Because of Manifest Destiny, they were temporarily displaced by the Gentile nations. As per prophecy and inspiration, millions will continue to migrate back north of Mexico just as the Jews are now doing in Israel, the land of their inheritance. This is in spite of man's law prohibiting their migration.

    The Lord's ways are not man's ways. The Lamanites (those with "Indian" blood from Mexico, Central and South America) will come regardless of the fences, real and metaphorical that we have built to block them out. There could never be enough visa's, work permits or permanent immigration applications granted to accommodate their legal migration and everyone knows it. Our fear is perhaps a basically white nation changing its color. The unknown future is intimidating.

    I just hope that when the Lamanites do blossom as a rose in "our" Gentile neighborhoods, they will remember the kindness that we have shown to them when they do arrive in masses.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    March 11, 2011 7:56 a.m.

    Not only will I boycott in latino/latina business. But, I will demand that they speak english to me. Let's see how things work in the reverse. I wonder if it would be offensive to have the United States flag drapped over me when I ask them to speak english to me? Maybe I'll have a sign that says something along the lines, "Which laws would Jesus disobey?" or print on a shirt "I might be legal, speak english to me". Would it be offensive if a white person were to print "White pride" on their shirt?

    Instead of talking about illegal a.k.a. immigration "rights", how about the rights of US citizens?

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    March 11, 2011 7:31 a.m.

    Maybe if the illegals paid taxes and then boycotted paying it, maybe it would have an impact.

    However, illegals do not have the finance pull that their leaders have them believe.

    How could they? They get paid under the table and work at a lower wage. Sure back in their third world country that is big time cash. But, here there is a reason why they are picking fruits and vegetables. It's not because they're the hardest or best workers. It's because they're cheap and the company and use fear and deportation to control them.

    Just think how much freedom they would have, if they would do things legally.

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    March 11, 2011 7:21 a.m.

    Game On! Boycott? OK I will not support any Hispanic owned business! But not for the short term! Forever. You called it you live with it. I encourage all citizens to do the same. No more Mexican Restuarants for me that are owned by Hispanics.

  • jmfay denver, co
    March 11, 2011 6:15 a.m.

    Please distinguish between legal and illegal residents and also legal and illegal hispanics. Why hurt those here legally so you can help those here illegally? Its going to backfire on you if you do this since this country is governed by the rule of law.

    Rifleman: all they need to do if they can is stock up now but then how is that a real boycott? (and pray they dont run out of stuff and or need petrol in those 2 weeks.)

  • azresident Mesa, AZ
    March 11, 2011 5:18 a.m.

    RRB has a very valid point. When the illegals boldly march upon the capitol in Phoenix making their demands, and these protests are shown on the news again and again, they lose support from the populace. The signs the illegals are holding, the t-shirts they are wearing, and the chants they are yelling both baffle and gall me. They are illegal. What part of illegal don't THEY understand?

  • Drifter Provo, UT
    March 11, 2011 4:54 a.m.

    What a great idea! A town in Texas tried this and guess what. You heard English in the fast food places, shoplifting incidents dropped, and Taxpayers felt free to walk the streets without fear.
    So--- go right ahead -it would be nice to hear just plain English again.

    March 10, 2011 11:01 p.m.

    My family will not be participating. I call upon the Hispanic's to start obeying the law, before they lose any support we have from the populace.

  • Chase Saint George, UT
    March 10, 2011 10:32 p.m.

    Jose is on the right track. The boycott needs to be extended indefinitely, and needs to head south of the border.

  • Viva la Migra American Fork, UT
    March 10, 2011 10:01 p.m.

    It will be interesting to see where Herbert's priorities lie. He's already ignored the will of countless citizens by signing into law the "Hide legislative corruption in the shadows act". Now he has two different groups asking him to veto immigration related bills.

    Would Herbert really appease the illegals and veto the moderate enforcement bill, yet sign into law the amnesty bill? That would be a slap in the face to the nearly 100 State delegates who met with him the other day. That would probably make it really difficult for him to even get out of the convention in 2012.

    I'm beginning to wonder if he's really a "flu fighter".

  • Emophiliac Vernal, UT
    March 10, 2011 8:08 p.m.

    I won't even get the benefit of the boycott. Oddly enough, I'll be in Mexico during most of it. But the difference is - I'll be legal.

    (I can't wait for all the Hispanic markets and such to complain about the effects of the boycott. Too darn bad...)

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 10, 2011 7:53 p.m.

    "Latino groups are calling on their community to not shop at any Utah stores for two weeks"??

    Would that include food stores, gas stations, Walmart, and McDonalds? Good luck with that!!

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    March 10, 2011 7:26 p.m.

    Empty threats!

    I live all around illegals (and some LEGAL immigrants), so I know: illegal immigrants DO NOT put their money in banks (they're continually worried that they'll be deported, and they would have to leave their money behind!)

    Ever seen an illegal write a check, or carry a credit card? If they had those they wouldn't be needing to wire money via western union "back home".

    I see the illegals with wads of cash paying for their beer and mexican soda at the grocery store, but usually have WIC and food stamps to cover their actual food purchases.

    LEGAL latinos don't identify with illegal trespassers' any more than anglos do, but the illegal lobbyists who would like to protect their $5.00 per hour labor supply would like you to believe that!

    Any sort of a "boycott" would have negligible results because the illegal aliens don't have all that much purchasing power after they send all their "extra" funds back home!

    Legal immigrants UNDERSTAND that they're welcome here. Illegal immigrants need to "use the front door" to get here.

    Anything else just won't work in the long run!

  • BOY BLUE South Salt Lake, UT
    March 10, 2011 7:24 p.m.

    Since Mexican Nationals send half of their income home, it will have no effect on this boycott.

  • josephclark sandy, utah
    March 10, 2011 7:19 p.m.

    we just want you to buy a ticket to get back to your country, we don't need you here, we don't need your business, go to your country and open your business there! what a dream not having you guys in the store, just keep this boycott forever! never go to store again.

  • Ted H. Midvale, UT
    March 10, 2011 7:13 p.m.

    Withdraw your money? How about you withdraw yourselves from this place?

  • dave31 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 10, 2011 7:11 p.m.

    I believe the Hispanic community should be careful in their assumption that this bill is against Hispanics. Not So!! It is really focused upon those in the community, Hispanic or otherwise, that continue to commit crimes. Utah's bill is a model of what other states can do to help solve the problem. If Hispanics will work together with the rest of the community to solve the problem, they will discover that no one in the community is "out to get them."

  • 1andrew spokane, wa
    March 10, 2011 7:08 p.m.

    Arrest,detain,deport.Repeat as needed.Arrest,detain deport.Repeat. Arrest, detain deport.Repeat.

  • John Charity Spring Alloway, NJ
    March 10, 2011 6:56 p.m.

    Apparently, we are about to be ushered into a new age of tyranny: a tyranny of the masses.

    Do these illegal immigrants really think that the best way to get what they want is by invoking economic terrorism against small family owned businesses? Is it not enough to break the law to get here that they have to go on and destroy the business community they move into?

    It will be interesting to see whether the larger community is willing to put down its video games and ipods long enoungh to see what is going on around them. Will it let this new tyranny of the masses go unopposed. In reality, a tyranny of the masses is just as destructive as a tyranny of one despotic ruler.

  • overitnow murray, utah
    March 10, 2011 6:51 p.m.

    you also cost us more than you bring in by not paying taxes / dealing drugs/ accidents no insurance/ violence/ not paying for your children education. plus the crime rate you bring to us

  • Mom of Six Northern Utah, UT
    March 10, 2011 6:48 p.m.

    Boycott? So what? You send most of the money you make to foreign entities anyway. This money could be used for American Citizens to create more jobs and growth in our own country. Go back to your country of origin and come here legally...then we'll talk. Boycotts rarely help anyone's cause anyway.

  • jim l West Jordan, UT
    March 10, 2011 6:31 p.m.

    During the boycott, please do not use the emergency room for your free healthcare, unless you have insurance to pay for it. Please dont send your children to public schools unless you have been paying your fair share of taxes. Please dont go to the food bank. If you are recieving rent subsidies, please move out. Dont send your children for free breakfast, or free school lunch. Dont take anything that is given to you, just survive on your own.

    Best of all, if you are an illegal you have broken the law, just go home to country of origin. There is a difference between an illegal and a latino.. Dont mix the two.

  • J. Adams Sandy, UT
    March 10, 2011 6:28 p.m.

    Hey, here's an update... if you are illegal you are not relevant to Utah. You have no legal rights. You don't count as a citizen of Utah. Take your money out of the bank and use it to go home to wherever you came from.