July 28, 2007
Latinos in Prince William County are vowing a boycott, a petition drive and possibly a labor strike or lawsuit to fight a law restricting services to illegal immigrants.
More than 1,000 people packed a meeting in Manassas on Thursday night and voted to boycott of all non-immigrant businesses in the county for one week at the end of next month.
Activists and advocated have also launched voter registration and citizenship drives in other communities.
The resolution in Prince William asks county staff to determine how to deny some public services to illegal immigrants. Local police officers and civilian officials will also be allowed to question people about their legal status, if there is probable cause, and notify federal immigration authorities.
A similar resolution was approved in Loudoun County.