Mexico Announces Boycott
A boycott for South Texas border cities scheduled to take place next week has some Laredo businesses on edge.
Some are calling it a "Day Without Mexicans"
Pro 8 News Reporter Brenda Medina explains..
We've seen protests against the new Arizona Immigration Bill throughout the country and now here in the Gateway City those crossing over from Nuevo Laredo are urged to avoid shopping or doing any other business in Laredo this coming week.
Las Novedades Store Manager, Eugenio Canche, says since the economy came tumbling down business has not been the same.
Eugenio Canche\LAS NOVEDADES "We are holding our own. I can't say that we are doing like we used to two or three years ago."
And now with a commercial boycott announced by the Mexico Chamber Of Commerce which is calling on all Nuevo Laredo and other Mexico Residents to avoid shopping and doing business here, Canche fears sales will take a hit.
“As a sister city that we consider each other, I don't think they should do it. They should come to an agreement before that happens because it's going to hurt us really bad. We depend on Mexico a lot."
Not only would it impact retail sales in Laredo...
Blasita Lopez-- LAREDO CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU "They will definitely have an impact on our bridge crossings and more than anything our tolls."
"It would be a disaster for us."
Brenda Medina\PRO 8 NEWS "In fact business owners say about 90-percent of their customers cross over from Mexico. We talked to some of them who say they have mixed feelings on this boycott."
Blanca Rosa Ramos Espinoza\NUEVO LEON "We're going to obey the boycott to support our brothers and sisters."
Amaro Hinojosa de Gonzalez-- NUEVO LEON "No, no that's not going to affect me. i don't think i'll participate. Iif my friends invite me I'll still come."
Customers say great deals are what attract them to these Laredo stores.
All employees can do now is keep their fingers crossed that the boycott will not be a success.
I hope not for the benefit of the two cities
According to the president of the Chamber Of Commerce the boycott is scheduled for next Monday May 24th.