September 1, 2006, - 10:58 am
By Debbie Schlussel
Add Miller Brewing Company to Anheiser-Busch on the list of brewers that support illegal aliens.
As we noted previously, Anheiser-Busch gives college scholarships to illegal aliens, to the detriment of U.S. citizens who want to go to college but can’t afford it. Now, reader Dave H. alerts us that Miller is sponsoring an illegal alien march in the Chicago area, this weekend. Now we know what Miller meant by “the high life.” Clearly, execs at this company are, indeed, high. . . on something.
Miller gave $30,000 to make the illegal alien event happen, according to The Chicago Tribune. Here are more of the outrageous details:
As demonstrators march from Chinatown to House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s (R-Ill.) Batavia office this weekend, they will have Miller Brewing Co., as a sponsor. The brewer has paid more than $30,000 for a planning convention, materials and newspaper ads publicizing the event.
The support of a major corporation for a controversial political cause shows how fierce the competition has become to woo the growing market of Latino consumers.
For Miller, the march offered a special chance to catch up. This spring the brewer drew the ire of pro-immigrant forces over contributions to U.S. Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), who sponsored legislation that would crack down on illegal immigrants. That prompted a short-lived boycott by some Latino groups.
Now, march advertisements feature not just the organizing committee’s trademark blue globe but Miller’s logo and a Spanish translation of its “Live Responsibly” slogan, a company effort to build goodwill among Latinos.
But this march is no Cinco de Mayo parade. The politically charged event will promote a controversial plan to end deportations and offer legal status for all 11 million to 12 million undocumented immigrants. That creates potential pitfalls for any businesses lending support, experts say.
You bet it does. Don’t buy Miller. And get this, even the “Miller girls” are helping illegal aliens:
The presence of Miller at a welcoming reception the day before the Aug. 12-13 planning convention raised eyebrows.
The convention brought together labor unions, anti-war groups, immigrant service organizations and even socialist political candidates.
Hours before bashing NAFTA and U.S. foreign policy, participants at the Aug. 11 reception mingled with the Miller Girls, the company’s public relations ambassadors, amid a display of Miller logos.
Ban the Miller Girls. Guys, you now have to stick to the “Swedish Bikini Team.”
Incredible chutzpah from a company whose patrons and customers are mostly American citizens who want to protect our borders:
That Miller was involved in the first place is one measure of the growing power of immigrants. After the boycott announcement, the company approached march organizers to try to find common ground, and agreed to back the march organizers’ efforts.
Miller is also bankrolling informational ads in Voces Migrantes, or Migrant Voices, a community newspaper in Chicago, and has promised scholarships for area Latinos.
Mathew Romero, the company’s local market development manager, said Miller felt it was important to speak out against Sensenbrenner’s legislation.
“Miller Time” is now officially over–Dead On Arrival for Americans who care about America. No more “Tastes Great, Less Filling” for us.
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