It's bad enough that Mexico interferes in the internal affairs of the U.S. by encouraging illegal immigration and even supporting demonstrations in the U.S. supporting rights for illegal aliens, but to boycott American businesses is going too far.
MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AP) -- "The Great American Boycott" is spreading south of the border, as activists call for Mexicans to boycott U.S. businesses on May 1.
The protest is timed to coincide with a May 1 boycott of work and shopping in the United States that also has been dubbed "A Day Without Immigrants." The boycott, which grew out of huge pro-migrant marches across the United States, is designed to pressure Congress to legalize millions of undocumented people.
Mexican unions, political and community groups, newspaper columnists and even some Mexican government offices have joined the call in recent days.
"Remember, nothing gringo on May 1," advises one of the many e-mails being circulated among Internet users in Mexico.
"On May 1, people shouldn't buy anything from the interminable list of American businesses in Mexico," reads another. "That means no Dunkin' Donuts, no McDonald's, Burger King, Starbucks, Sears, Krispy Kreme or Wal-Mart."
Mexicans are biting the hand that feeds them a little too hard. As I have posted before, Mexicans think they have an inalienable right to migrate to the U.S.:
Mexico's economy, society and political system are built around the assumption that migration and amnesties for undocumented migrants will continue — and that the $20 billion they send home every year will keep coming, and almost certainly grow.
In fact, the government is counting on continued cash from a Mexican-born U.S. population it predicts will rise from 11 million to between 17.9 million and 20.4 million by 2030.
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President Vicente Fox is one of many Mexican who considers the migrants "heroes," because they send money to their impoverished home villages, and in some cases risk death walking into America in pitiless desert sun.
The American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico has warned that by tying the Mexican "Nothing Gringo" campaign to the May 1 "Day Without Immigrants" boycott in the United States Mexicans and the orginizers of the demonstration supporting rights for illegal aliens are risking a backlash.
The Chamber of Commerce is right. Many will see the Nothing Gringo boycott of America businesses for what it is - blatant anti-Americanism. I certainly do.
UPDATE: It has been suggested that an appropriate response would be a Cinco de Mayo boycott.