Area businesses ask patrons to support path to citizenship

More than 40 Grand Junction-area small businesses announced their support for immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship during a rally on Monday.

The statewide “Buy-cott” announced by a coalition of progressive and immigrant rights groups urges Coloradans to “vote with their wallet and shop at businesses publicly supporting a comprehensive immigration reform bill,” said Juan Gallegos, spokesman for the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition.

Citing a study by the Colorado Fiscal Institute, Gallegos said comprehensive immigration reform would add more than $400 million to the state’s economy, create 2,300 to 3,500 new jobs and generate up to $3 million in additional sales-tax revenue that could be spent on roads and other priorities for the state.

Starting Aug. 4 and continuing through Aug. 10, the group wants consumers to buy goods and services from businesses that display a road map to citizenship poster depicting Lady Liberty against a green background.

“Small businesses in Colorado will call on leaders in the (U.S. House of Representatives) to listen to their voices and stop impeding economic progress in our country by blocking immigration reform that small businesses across the country want and need,” Gallegos said.

Four hundred Colorado businesses signed up for the Buy-cott, including a mix of 198 Hispanic and non-Hispanic firms located across the Western Slope, said Nelly Garcia, spokeswoman for the Grand Junction event.

“Why comprehensive immigration reform? One, for the sake of the family. Let’s keep families together. And two, for a prosperous economic future for our city, county and state. And three, for the well-being of our beloved country,” Pastor Joe Guajardo of Iglesia Eterna Roca told the gathering of about a dozen supporters who attended the Grand Junction rally at Seventh Street and North Avenue.

A similar rally in Glenwood Springs staged at Sunlight Mountain Resort drew about 20 supporters, said Sophia Clark, a democracy fellow with the Colorado Immigration Reform Coalition.

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Area businesses who support immigration reform, as provided to the Daily Sentinel by the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition:

Fiesta Guadalajara, 710 North Ave., Grand Junction
Bernal’s Farm, 283 Gill Creek Court, Grand Junction
Carniceria Sonora 3, 429 E. Highway 6 & 50, Grand Junction
Ball Fruit, 3806 G Road, Palisade
La bamba, 546 Main St., Grand Junction
Clark Family Orchard, 3901 G 1/4 Road, Grand Junction
Panderia San Jose, 507 30 Road, Grand Junction
Las Marias, 2692 U.S. Highway 50
AY Chihuahua, 235 N. 1st St., Grand Junction
Pablo’s Pizza, 319 Main St., Grand Junction
Vista Paving Co., 1000 N. 9th St., Grand Junction
Organic, James and Wine Jellies, 3573 G Road, Palisade
Anita’s Pantry and Produce, 625 37 ¼ Road, Palisade
Wraps on Main, 150 W. Main St., Grand Junction
Il Bistro Italiano, 400 Main St., Grand Junction
Custom Auto Sales, 954 North Ave., Grand Junction
Muñiz Auto Sales, 2385 Patterson Road, Grand Junction
Ted Nelson’s Stake House, 103 Rose Lane, Montrose
Palisade Pharmacy, 707 37 3/10 Road, Palisade
Roasted, 502 Colorado Ave., Grand Junction
V Coffee Shops, 1014 N. 5th St., Grand Junction
C’s Asian Station, 200 W. Grand Ave., Grand Junction
Gallegos Landscaping, 2946 Kennedy Ave., Grand Junction
Taqueria Guadalajara, 719 Pitkin Ave., Grand Junction
Carniceria Sonora 2, 644 North Ave., Grand Junction
El Jimador, 1201 S. Townsend Ave., Montrose
Los Gilbertos. 2812 North Ave., Grand Junction
Mexican Market, 2851 North Ave., Grand Junction
Victor’s Auto Clifton, 3272 fFRoad, Grand Junction
El Tapatio, 1145 North Ave., Grand Junction
Tequilas Mall, 2454 U.S. 6, Grand Junction
Tequilas Fruita, U.S. Highway 6 & 50
Lupitas Fashion, 1460 North Ave., Grand Junction
Gil’s Video, 2854 North Ave., Grand Junction
El Tapatio, 402 Jurassic Ave., Fruita
Tequilas, 2560 North Ave., Grand Junction
Leon’s Restaurant, 507 30th Road, Grand Junction
C&F Food Store, 208 W. 8th St., Palisade
Sunshine Laundromat, 210 W. 3rd St., Palisade
Taqueria los perez, 2931 North Ave., Grand Junction


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