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  1. JP says:

    I replied on Bob’s blog also. If we keep focusing on the immigrants without considering the employers who give these people motivation to come here by HIRING them, we aren’t going to fix the problem. If illegals can simply NOT FIND WORK unless they become legal, THEN we’ll be on the way to a solution.

    Bob the “nationalist” is misguided.

  2. LaurenceB says:

    Hmmm…

    When I go to the local Iranian restaurant I hear the cooks speaking spanish. And when I go to the McDonald’s I often get a latino-looking guy or girl at the window. And at Cabernet in Alpharetta (where we take clients for high-priced steaks) the cooks speak spanish too. But I guess this guy could stay home and cook his own meal. Yeah, that’ll show ‘em!

    By the way, anyone who thinks these protests were organized by La Raza and meCHa has been spending too much time in MichelleMalkinVille (located just up the road from CrazyTown).

  3. Demonbeck says:

    He better fast all day if he doesn’t want to support anything that illegals are involved in!

  4. BobG says:

    C’mon, guys… yours is a pretty shallow level of comprehension for participation in a political blog.

    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. 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.

  5. LaurenceB says:

    Bob,
    When you say things like “we could move this issue in the right direction” you seem to be assuming that we all agree with you on which direction is the “right” one. It so happens that there are Americans (admittedly a minority) who think HR4437, SB529 and there ilk are despicable pieces of legislation. I’m one of them.

    I joined the march on April 10 and it was (quite unexpectedly) one of the most patriotic experiences of my life. The overwhelming desire on the part of the marchers to become Americans was wonderful. I was so proud to be an American. I have never seen so many American flags in one place. And the signs were marvelous. From my pictures, here’s what the signs said:


    We are people of peace
    We will help keep America great
    Love the alien as a bro
    Cuando Dios hizo el Eden, penso en America – We love America
    Don’t separate us from our families
    We are hard workers
    We are not criminals
    Por la dignidad del inmigrante di no a la HR 4437
    Legalization + Border Security = Everyone wins
    Say no to HR 4437 SB 529
    We work and pay taxes Give us a chance
    Please USA Let our people integrate into your community
    We depend on the job, not the government
    It is better to die on your feet, than to live a lifetime on your knees.
    God Bless America We’re not terrorists We’re not Criminals We’re humans that we look for a secure place to live and be happy
    God doesn’t have Color Race Not even Economic position He loves all of us and all of us are Americans
    We help build the US economy
    We (heart) this country
    We pay taxes, we don’t ask for support
    Tengo 2 hijos nacidos en Mexico una nacida aqui Por que quieren dividir a mi familia?
    No to 529
    No a la SB529 I (heart) USA
    We love this country We are not terrorists

    After that experience I can’t imagine a group of people I would more like to see become American citizens. What a great bunch of folks!

  6. JP says:

    Bob, your reply doesn’t say much about employers except that you suggest personally asking the small businesses one frequents. People in this country are too timid from slander lawsuits to be questioning and accusing each other. Employers need to be audited periodically, randomly, and regulations need to be enforced.

    I’ll say it again–once you make it that immigrants cannot find employment unless they become legal, you’ll solve the problem.

  7. BobG says:

    JP,

    I agree with you completely. The only way to eliminate the “supply” (of illegals) is to eliminate the “demand” (the employment).

    My article, however, was not about what SHOULD be done (which is within the authority and responsibility of our federal government) but what I planned to do to assuage my feeling of powerlessness.

    And yes, as you noted on my blog ( http://www.bloggwinnett.com/wpblog/bobg/?p=32#comments ), it really is just “posturing,” but it is posturing with a purpose, which I described in my comment above.

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