Rallies and Walkout Intended to Make Point
By George Anderson
Supporters of overhauling the nation’s immigration laws are hopeful of making a very big point today as millions of immigrants (lawful and illegal) are expected to stay away from their jobs and join in a series of rallies across the U.S. as well as participating in a daylong economic boycott of American businesses.
Organizers of the rallies and walkout are hoping to forcefully demonstrate the important role that immigrants, 12 million of whom are in the U.S. illegally, play in keeping the American economy moving.
A number of businesses, including Cargill Inc., Tyson Foods and Seaboard Corp, have said some company plants will be closed for the day. Other businesses, both large and small, are also expected to feel the impact as millions stay away from work today.
Not knowing how many will participate , the effect of the walkout is far from certain. Large numbers are expected for the rallies as they were at previous events. Thousands joined in rallies on April 10 to express opposition to legislation that would have reclassified illegals as felons and mandated a fence be built along much of the border with Mexico.
While some have been vocal in calling for the action, others have strongly argued against it.
Reuters reports that Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles, who has sided with those supporting changes in immigration laws, has argued against a nationwide walkout.
The Cardinal said in a statement, “Go to work, go to school, and then join thousands of us at a major rally afterward.”
Moderator’s Comment: Will the rallies and plans to walk off jobs today have the desired effect of making it clear to all that the nation needs immigrants
(legal and illegal) for the economy to keep moving? What would happen to foodservice, retail, agriculture, textiles and related businesses that are the biggest employers of immigrants
if those here illegally in the U.S. were suddenly expelled? –
George Anderson – Moderator