Dave Ruttenberg has gotten himself out in front on the immigration debate in the MJM by deciding to draw customers who are members of Help Save Manassas while the immigrant community is conducting a boycott of his business as a result of a resolution passed in a completely different jurisdiction. So far, few other business owners have taken a stand on this, but Ruttenberg isn’t pulling his punches, correctly calling the boycott a “bullying move”. Darned right it is, and bravo to him for saying so.
It would have been nice if the MJM had pointed out that businesses in Manassas Park have nothing to do with legislation adopted in Prince William County, but for them to point out how irresponsible this is would be uncharacteristic of their typical pandering to the illegal alien crowd, which they seem to view as the demographic that might just lift them into profitability. That important fact hasn’t made it into the media yet, and it’s hard to fathom why unless there’s some political agenda at work here. Punishing Manassas Park businesses for what happens in the Prince William Board of County Supervisors is like burning down Boise, Idaho because some fringe group is upset about what the City of Manassas is doing. Yes, I know it’s because they’re ignorant of the political jurisdictions in the area, but you’d think that folks trying to engage in the political process would bother to figure these things out.
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