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.

Asked By: I'm gonna start another riot - 3/1/2010
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"Perhaps their customers are here illegally," he said... More
Answered By: Sasori - 3/1/2010
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tooo bad.....
Answered By: Darlene and Dylan B - 3/1/2010
This article is essentially stating that felony offenders are scared to freqeunt areas under police control... I don't understand what the issue is... More
Answered By: ~-~-Answers!-~-~ - 3/1/2010
I agree. Border patrol do very little anyway.
Answered By: Taz - 3/1/2010
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!
Answered By: Hannah - 3/1/2010
Another bad twist on another article.
Answered By: Gerald - 3/1/2010
So illegals are not going to go to places where they will be picked up and sent home. Perhaps border patrol should go undercover.
Answered By: Jane - 3/1/2010
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