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Businesses asked to close in protest of HB 87

See Video: http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/15005878/businesses-asked-to-close-in-protest-of-hb-b7

Posted: Jun 30, 2011 12:34 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 30, 2011 7:27 PM EDT


Have you ever wondered what a day without immigrants would be like?

GLAHR or Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights has dedicated July 1, as Non-Compliance day.

Businesses are asked to close Friday in protest of Georgia’s immigration law, HB-87, even though a Federal judge blocked parts of the bill Monday.

The owner of Si Senor Mexican Grill, in Norcross, Gwinnett County plans on shutting the doors to the restaurant tomorrow.

“So we are going to lose like three thousand dollars,” said business owner Araceli Rodriguez.

Only parts of HB-87will go into effect tomorrow,  including making it a felony to use false documents when applying for a job.

A judge blocked other – more controversial parts – from taking effect until a lawsuit can be heard in court.

Rodriguez hopes the state will notice the impact of losing immigrant business, even for one day.

“If we don’t open tomorrow Georgia doesn’t receive the money, the sales tax, and that’s a hard thing for them too,” said Rodriguez.

GLAHR organizer, Georgina Perez said they are asking for the Latino community and their allies to not go to work, school and not buy anything.

Perez argues the Hispanic community helps the economy not hurt it.

A lot of us work in restaurants, hotels, in a lot of domestic jobs, tomorrow is going to have a huge impact said Perez.

Rodriguez said the hit to her wallet will be hard, but she said protesting HB-87 is worth it.

“The Hispanic community is going to lose a lot of money but Georgia is going to lose more,” Rodriguez said.

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