Immigrant boycott results in business as usual
Patti Sells | News-Telegram Feature Editor

May 1, 2006 - In spite of the call for an economic boycott across the nation, it was business as usual for many Hispanics working in Sulphur Springs.

"Business is business," said Manuel Figuero, owner of Los Mochis Mexican Restaurant located in the V.F. Factory Outlet Strip Mall. "I have children in college, family to support. That's why I'm here."

Un Dia Sin Inmigrantes -- A Day Without Immigrants -- was planned for today as a protest against legislation in the U.S. House that would make it a felony to be an illegal immigrant.

However, a few business did opt to close their doors in a show  of force to demonstrate that immigrants do matter.

Across the nation immigrants planned to rally, not spend any money, protest during lunch breaks and school walkouts.

Roll call this morning throughout the Sulphur Springs Independent School District showed that more than 140 Hispanic students did not attend school today, according to Nita Rhoades, secretary of elementary education.

"It is disappointing to us," said Patsy Bolton, SSISD superintendent "From the school district’s perspective we try to do everything we can for our students no matter who they are or where they come from. It's just very disappointing."

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