Colo. immigrant groups plan boycott

March 25, 2007 at 1:31 AM
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DENVER, March 25 (UPI) -- Immigrant advocates in Colorado are organizing a one-week spending boycott to demonstrate what a major part immigrants play in the economy.

The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition has asked illegal immigrants to buy only the absolute necessities, like food and medicine, starting Sunday, the Denver Post reported.

"The economic boycott will illustrate the need for immigration reform and that without immigrants, both documented or undocumented, our state could not survive," said Julien Ross, the coalition coordinator. "We can no longer take for granted immigrants and their contributions."

Some local businesses have agreed to support the boycott. But Jeff Campos, president of the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, believes the boycott is not helpful, although the group supports immigration reform that would give some illegal entrants the right to remain in the United States.

Others are totally unsympathetic.

"If the illegal immigrants don't want to spend money here, I do believe they should go home and spend all they want in their home country," said Robert Brown, a Denver lawyer.

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