Unions, Protesters, Attack Grocery Entrepreneur

By:  R. Cort Kirkwood
09/18/2012
       
Unions, Protesters, Attack Grocery Entrepreneur

An illegal alien who became a citizen and multi-millionaire grocery tycoon is in trouble with “activists” because he is using the federal E-Verify program to check whether prospective employees are illegal aliens.

An illegal alien who became a citizen and multi-millionaire grocery tycoon is in trouble with “activists” because he is using the federal E-Verify program to check whether prospective employees are illegal aliens.

Juvenal Chavez, who own the Mi Pueblo grocery chain in California headquartered in San Jose, faces protests because, “activists” say, he has betrayed his “undocumented roots,” the San Jose Mercury News recently reported.

They, apparently, want the Mexican Hortaio Alger to ignore the law and permit illegal aliens to work.

Disloyal Mexican?

According to the News, “Mi Pueblo stunned some of its more than 3,000 employees last month when it told them it had joined E-Verify, a Department of Homeland Security program that screens the immigration status of new hires. ...”

Mi Pueblo signed up for E-Verify on Aug. 14, joining more than 30,400 California employers and 109,205 work sites across the state that belong to the expanding work-verification network, according to Sharon Rummery, spokeswoman for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

The San Jose-based grocer is also among a growing number of supermarkets in the program.…

Mi Pueblo joined upon the federal government's recommendation, said spokeswoman Perla Rodriguez, who said it was a tough decision for company executives to make.

"This is something many Hispanic grocery stores" have to deal with, she said.

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Photo: Protestors held a press conference in front of the Mi Pueblo supermarket on Story Road in San Jose, California, September 6, 2012

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