Group calls for boycott of Calif. grocery chain
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California-based grocery store chain that caters to Latino immigrants has come under fire for participating in a federal program that checks the immigration status of prospective workers.
A coalition of groups, including the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 5, on Monday called for a boycott of San Jose-based Mi Pueblo in part because of the chain's participation in the E-Verify program. The program is voluntary in California.
The company said on Friday that it joined E-Verify after federal immigration officials launched an audit of its existing workers' immigration status in August, the San Jose Mercury News reported (http://bit.ly/SA6jcp ).
The chain's founder, Juvenal Chavez, himself a former illegal immigrant, has briefed employees over the past week, the Los Angeles Times reported (http://sacb.ee/Q8GZVM) over the weekend. The company is also launching a radio show to educate families who could be affected by the audit and plans to conduct outreach to community organizations and churches.