By Marc Campos

Papas Fritas

Remember when the far righters boycotted French goods because France wouldn't sign on to W's War? Remember freedom fries? French food restaurants and French wine took a hit. Hey, that's the way the game is played.

Now it seems these French boycotters are upset that folks in Mexico boycotted Gringo goods this past Monday. Mexicans are not too happy with the way GOP leaders in D.C. want to treat immigrants so they are taking action. A far righter went on to say that Mexicans ought not to bite the hand that feeds them. I think that is called patronizing. Way to go GOP! Just keep kissing the Latino vote off.

Some anti-immigrant groups want to boycott those companies that are hiring the paperless folks. Say hello to sack lunches and good-bye to home and highway construction. On the way to the boycott maybe they will stumble onto the fact that many of their boycott targets give a lot of $$$ to GOP officeholders.

A few months ago I opined about the lack of Latino leaders speaking out on the immigration issue. For whatever their reasons, many were silent. I think it is fair to say that this political movement that we are seeing started at the grass roots level and not at some Latino leadership summit. There is nothing wrong with this. The folks that participated at the Memorial Park event in Houston weren't there because some elected official or national Latino organization asked them to attend. They were there because the buzz on the street and the talk in their neighborhood told them to show up. They too don't need patronizing from Latino leaders that have been in the game for awhile.

I can't remember the last time a Latino political movement was the lead story on the evening news of all three major networks.

Speaking of powerful Latino movements, Albert Pujols visits the yard tonight - and Brad Lidge is calling "la migra" - yikes!!

May 3, 2006, 9:00AM

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