Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentImmigration · 1 decade ago

What do you think supporters of illegals say the border patrol is unwelcomed & want them to stay away?

Some business owners at a San Juan Capistrano shopping center say routine checks by the U.S. Border Patrol are scaring away customers and hurting their bottom lines.

Store owners at Alipaz Plaza at Del Obispo and Alipaz streets told Mayor Lon Uso during his Mayor's Walk this week that they want the city to ask the Border Patrol to stop going to the shopping center.The Mayor's Walk is a monthly event organized by the San Juan Chamber of Commerce in which the mayor visits local businesses to hear their concerns. Wednesday afternoon's walk was the first for Uso, who became mayor in December.

"Last year I started hearing my customers say, 'Don't go to Alipaz Plaza, that's where (the Border Patrol agents) are hanging out,'" said Isabel Rizo Patron, owner of Isabel's Beauty Salon.

Rizo Patron said she has a diverse group of customers but that many of her clients are Hispanic and don't like to be in an area frequented by the Border Patrol.

The Border Patrol not only supervises border and interior checkpoints, such as the one a few miles south of San Clemente, but also inspects city streets much like a police force would, said Ralph Desio, a Border Patrol spokesman.

He said the Border Patrol often checks shopping centers throughout Orange County as part of an increased push to check for illegal goods and immigrants beyond the borders.

Uso listened to the concerns of Rizo Patron and others but said there's not much he can do when it comes to the agency formally known as U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

"We don't determine what they do or where they do it," Uso said.

Douglas Dumhart, the city's economic-development manager, who has been on many Mayor's Walks, said this is the first time he's heard of concerns about the Border Patrol's effect on commerce. But he said Alipaz Plaza has more Hispanic-based businesses than others that city and chamber officials have visited in the past.

The center contains a few Mexican food restaurants, hair salons, a discount store and a coin laundry.

Rizo Patron and Tuning Acosta, who has owned A-Team Enterprises Income Tax Services in the plaza for 15 years, said they understand that Border Patrol agents have a job to do, but they would prefer it be done somewhere else.

Word of even one Border Patrol visit can spread through the community and cause some people to perceive Alipaz Plaza as an unsafe place for them, Rizo Patron said. So they spend their money elsewhere.

Acosta, a paralegal who focuses on immigration law, said he is thinking about moving to another shopping center. The Border Patrol's effect, combined with the slumping economy, has decreased his client base by hundreds, he said.

The Border Patrol's Desio said the fear of customers who are staying away from the plaza "perhaps has reason."

"Perhaps their customers are here illegally," he said.

8 Answers

  • Sasori
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    "Perhaps their customers are here illegally," he said.

    As far as I know that is the purpose of the border patrol. To stop illegals from entering the US, and arresting & deporting those who do enter. It's a known fact that criminals are not going to hang out where law enforcement is highly visible.

    Maybe these business owners should move their businesses to the other side of the border.

    If these people can afford manicures and pedicures, salon services, and dining out they sure don't need Fed assistance to raise their anchor babies.

    Acosta, a paralegal who focuses on immigration law, said he is thinking about moving to another shopping center. The Border Patrol's effect, combined with the slumping economy, has decreased his client base by hundreds, he said.

    He is actively seeking business from illegal aliens, on this side of the border. He should be disbarred.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    You know something I will be perfectly honest. I am myself have a preference for white women, and a lot of what you say is true. Attractive white women or even "plain jane" as they say, just are not into black or non-white men. They like us as friends but that's it. I don't see trend of Black men being with White women that everyone is talking about. In my opinion, White men have succeeded in making White Women not want to even date us non white guys. It's funny when you said "stay away from our white queens" if that's the case, Asian Men all over the world should tell white men "STAY AWAY FROM OUR ASIAN QUEEN!"

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    So illegals are not going to go to places where they will be picked up and sent home.

    Perhaps border patrol should go undercover.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    This article is essentially stating that felony offenders are scared to freqeunt areas under police control... I don't understand what the issue is???

    Only in a society as liberal as America can an issue such as illegal immigration even be considered up for debate. Virtually every other country in the world jails, deports, or execute their lawbreakers - often impartially.

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  • 1 decade ago

    They are talking about "Business Owners" not supporters of illegals. You know? the ones that know how important customers are to them.

    That's a really bad twist!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Another bad twist on another article.

  • Widgi
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    I agree.

    Border patrol do very little anyway.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    tooo bad.....

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