The head of a group that led the fight against Georgia illegal immigration bill said his and two other Latino groups will not support boycotts of the state or its products.
From the statement by Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials:
HB 87 is deeply flawed legislation that will be challenged in the federal court system. Absent a federal injunction, our groups will work to ensure Latino and immigrant civil rights are protected in our state should HB 87 be fully implemented in our state.
However, Georgia is our home and we do want our state to progress and develop. HB87 will make our efforts much more difficult, but as good-hearted Georgians, we will stand together to make Georgia a better place for all of us, including Latinos and immigrants. Georgia is home to almost 900,000 Latinos and thousands of immigrants; it is where we live, work, and play. A boycott would devastate Georgias tourism and convention industry. Many Latinos and immigrants depend on this, and other industries, for their livelihood.
Certainly, there is much fear and anxiety within the immigrant community. However, the intention of HB87 was also to spread fear in order to drive immigrants away from Georgia. We ask our community members to reject that fear and to remain informed and educated about the pending legal process.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider