Cross posted from Freedom Fighter
Hispanic businesses feel the squeeze Crackdown on illegal immigration partly blamed for sudden halt in sales The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Published on: 09/14/07 Customers at Valeria Espinosa’s variety store just browse the CD racks and the T-shirts on the wall. More and more, they decide against an impulse purchase.
They are wiring money home to Mexico and Central America less often, too.
Her sales are down by about 40 percent for the past two months.
“They don’t splurge on themselves,” Espinosa, who emigrated from Argentina six years ago, says in Spanish.
Espinosa’s shop on Powder Springs Road in Marietta is not the only one hurting. Many businesses that cater to Hispanics are seeing a slowdown in sales. The crackdown on illegal immigrants, Espinosa says, “also hurts those of us who have papers.”
And the fallout has spread far beyond car dealers, which immediately felt the impact from a law that went into effect on July 1 requiring a Georgia driver’s license or ID card to get a car tag. It’s affecting bakeries, insurance peddlers, banks, food manufacturers, supermarkets, restaurants and other businesses.
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