Business Boycott in Utah Over Immigration Bills

March 10th, 2011 · 16 Comments

A few days ago, I blogged about Utah’s new immigration bills. Well, it turns out that these new bills aren’t sitting well with Utah’s Latino community. The Latino leadership in Utah is planning a 15 day business strike, even going to far as to encourage Latinos to pull their money out of the banks during that time. These groups are unhappy with the enforcement only bill and the guest worker bill.

This kind of political action is what is needed across the country where individual states are enacting punitive and often confusing immigration bills. If the Latino communities in these various states can pull off sustained boycotts successfully, meaning that businesses start to be impacted and legislators in turn feel the heat, the immigration issue will remain on the policy agenda and hopefully, we can better mobilize for action at the federal level. Money talks, and elected officials are motivated by money and votes. For those in our community who cannot yet vote, engaging in a boycott or using one’s money in a political effort will definitely help convey a message.

Tags: community organizing and activism · Immigration

16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Anna // Mar 10, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    What’s wrong with the guest worker bill?

  • 2 Ross // Mar 11, 2011 at 7:45 am

    You mean they wont be spending their food stamps in Utah? Maybe Utah should boycott illegals and stop providing food stamps, health care, and education. Your 2 weeks would not have any impact and it would actually make for 2 weeks of pleasant shopping for the rest of us. Thank You

  • 3 Chicano future tense // Mar 11, 2011 at 8:59 am

    “This kind of political action is what is needed across the country where individual states are enacting punitive and often confusing immigration bills.” are so right!
    It’s good to see Mexicans taking care of business..

    Thanks for keeping on top of the Utah situation!

  • 4 Anna // Mar 11, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Re: “You mean they wont be spending their food stamps in Utah? ”

    People like you are so dumb.

    Estimates indicate the number of Latino-owned businesses in Utah skyrocketed by 78 percent between 2002 and 2007 — from 5,177 firms to 9,200. That was about three times faster than the 27.7 percent average growth for all firms in Utah in that period.

    Also, the census estimates that revenues of Latino-owned businesses in Utah grew by a hefty 136 percent during those five years, from $555 million a year to $1.3 billion.

    That was more than double the 62.9 percent average growth for all businesses in Utah in that period.

  • 5 Anna // Mar 12, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Must Read:

    Indians in America: The Untold Story, by William Marder. Pg. 59

    “Book burning was undertaken with a fanatical zeal by the missionaries [Spanish] in their attempt to destroy the remining traces of the Indians’ culture and convert the populace to Christianity. After the conquest [invasion] of Mexico City by Cortez in 1521, a missionary named Friar Juan de Zumarraga set the Aztec [Mexica] books on fire. Zumarraga started the School de Santa Cruz de Tlateloco for the conquered Indians to be trained to live under the Spanish colonial system and imposed rules to abolish their native languages and culture. Zumarraga collected all the Aztec [Mexica] books including those at the royal library at Texcoco, those at the capital at Anahuac, “and in the great repository of the national archives.” The monks’ job of burning the books was so thorough that about sixteen books survived, some in fragments. Except for those few remaining books, the Spanish conquerors [invaders] had destroyed the entire recorded history of the Maya and Aztec civilizations.”

  • 6 Ross // Mar 12, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    We shall see in 2 weeks if your boycott will have ANY impact at all. Why are you people complaining? Did you not hear that the guest worker bill was passed? What more do you want? You are basically granted amnesty in the state of Utah and you still cry??? Unbelievable.
    Come here legally people and have pride in the USA, pay taxes like the rest of us, fight along side us in our wars. DO NOT fly your Mexican flags here. To me that is a sign of disrespect for MY country. If you are going to come here for a better life then contribute to the system and have some pride in this country. I have 3 separate friends that were born and raised in the USA and have moved south across the border and they are ALL doing just fine. There is opportunity to better your situation but you want everything to be handed to you and it just does not work that way sorry my friends you have to work hard for what you want in life. BTW USA is not the only country with Immigration laws and policies so you cannot pull the “racist” card.

  • 7 HispanicPundit // Mar 13, 2011 at 12:24 am

    Whats wrong with deporting criminals?

  • 8 IE // Mar 14, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    @Ross –

    Ross, don’t be so angry. Stop thinking that Latinos are the cause of all the problems the United States currently has to deal with. That’s what your right wing propaganda machine wants you to believe so you can stay in a state of fear.

    For starters:

    Plenty of Latinos fight for this country in the armed forces already..As a matter of Fact, read these two articles to get educated on how many Latinos die for the United States:

    This one to:


    As for the so called handouts you think we Latinos are asking for, I don’t ever really see Latinos standing on street corners asking for handouts like so many other ethnicities.(Many poor white folks.) Latinos come here and work hard to scrape by on a meager living. Many of them work under false SSN and still have taxes taken out of their paychecks, so you’re wrong again. Many of them do pay taxes…Then again, what about sales tax, that’s a tax, right?


    Just because someone waves a flag from their country of origin doesn’t mean that they are not respectful to the United States: it’s call cultural pride. Should we get rid of all Chinatown’s, Little Italy’s, Germantown’s, etc…???

    Instead of states like Utah, Arizona, Georgia, etc..wanting to pass laws targeting “one” ethnic group, maybe they should think about passing laws that actually make the country better as a whole and not create so much division between people…Just so you know, Latinos (undocumented or not) aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

    Ross it’s xenophobic lines like “pleasant shopping for the rest of us” that makes folks sound so ignorant.

    Our country’s cultural makeup is changing, and the more it changes, the better I personally think it will get.

    Don’t be so damn scared Ross! Latin people are a ton of fun..You should get to know some.

  • 9 Ross // Mar 14, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    How many Illegals fight in our wars? I’m not talking about a race I’m talking about the law breakers. I do have Latino friends that speak English and are citizens and that has nothing to do with anything or maybe you should be friends with all these great lawmakers trying to fix a serious problem they are very nice people. I shouldn’t say “more pleasant for the rest of us” that sounds racist but the truth is there are so many people who dare not shop at places like Valley Fair Mall because it feels like if you are White and you don’t keep your eyes glued to the floor your chances of being stabbed just went up 300% and true we have no way of knowing who is here legally and who is not but if we enforced immigration law and only allowed those who have no criminal background and come here legally to stay here it would be a much better place. Do you not agree? Miguel Mateos-Martinez came here looking for a better life too but after he shot and killed Faviola Hernandez at her hair salon he went running back to Mexico. WE NEED A FILTER PEOPLE!!! Let the good, honest, hard workers in keep the rest out! WE DON’T WANT THEM

  • 10 Anna // Mar 14, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Don’t waste time on racist losers like Ross.

  • 11 Chicano future tense // Mar 14, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    “Let the good, honest, hard workers in keep the rest out! “
    fair enough Ross,that’s what we want too!

    Let’s reward citizenship to good people who are “good,honest hard workers” such as you say.

    As a matter of fact I’ll go you one better.How about mandating a change in the constitution which strips US citizenship from repeat violent felons.

    Let’s contract with other countries around the world to build prisons in their country and pay them for running them too.It would be much cheaper that way.

    Places like China,the Gobi desert Mongolia,the Congo,the Amazon jungle,Sahara desert,Tasmania..etc etc..ship the violent predators thousands of miles away and totally break their communication with the USA.

    Declare them legally..”Person Non Grata”.
    Let’s really make it fair.

    But I can guess that’s not what you would really want is it?I mean too many of your fellow whites would be deported,and you don’t want that…do you??

    All you want to do is mess over Mexicans because your heart is so full of hate for them.
    Of course you won’t come right out and say that because you are too cowardly and have no personal integrity to admit your disgusting bigotry.I suspect Anna’s evalutation of Ross is probably right.

  • 12 Ross // Mar 15, 2011 at 6:25 am

    When it all comes down to it. It doesn’t matter if you agree with the laws or not really. If you want to be here, follow the law, it’s that simple. If you can’t then go some place else with laws that you agree with :-) This is the CITIZENS AMERICA not yours. We voted for the politicians and we trust/hope that they will make the best decisions and whatever that might be we are all expected to follow the law.

  • 13 Anna // Mar 15, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Isn’t it so funny how they pretend to care about the law except when it comes to banksters who rob trillions of dollars from the Treasury, or innocent people being slaughtered in the Middle East for oil. If immoral/unethical people are in charge of making the laws, they will always make them for their own benefit, and then their immorality becomes institutionalized. For example, they passed NAFTA, which gave American corporations the legal right to move to Mexico and flood the market with cheap corn and other commodities that put farmers out of work. (Mexico has no federal farm subsidies like the US.) In addition, it gave them the right to pollute the soil and ground water, pushing Mexicans off of their own land, and causing them to flee in search of work.
    They knew this would be a byproduct of NAFTA, as this country needs a non-stop supply of exploitable labor, but they made no provision to protect the legal rights of these workers the same way they did when European laborers immigrated here.

    Mexicans should lobby to eliminate NAFTA. The President of Mexico was here not that long ago, and nobody protested his appearance. Why not? Why doesn’t anybody ever put pressure on him to create jobs in Mexico?! Why don’t they demand change in their own country? Mexico must really have people on lockdown over there because they won’t protest their condition at all. Not even from the safety of the United States.

  • 14 Ross // Mar 15, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    The “safety of the United States” is what we are putting on the line when we allow anybody and everybody to come here. What is wrong with filtering immigration and only allowing non-criminals in???? Tell me what is your problem with that??? I don’t understand. Help me understand, please give me some logic to all of this. We have a system set up for immigrants to come here legally and be documented and become a part of society. Now they have given you a guest worker program and what do you do? You turn around and slap them in the face with a boycott. That sends a message to me that you are ungrateful for these people that have passed a bill for you that I would have never in my wildest dreams could have imagined passing. All of America is looking down on the state of Utah now wondering what the f*** just happened! The politicians of this state are getting heat from all across the nation for pulling this off for you and you are still complaining. Go move to Arizona if you think Utah is bad you f***ing ungrateful bastards.

  • 15 Anna // Mar 15, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Retards don’t understand logic.

  • 16 Ross // Mar 16, 2011 at 6:14 am

    OK that sums it up haha

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