The resolution notes the boycott is meant to educate Californians about the contribution of all immigrants. Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero – a Democrat – introduced it:
“People who historically have been invisible, on one day – one day out of a year – one day out of centuries – one day out of American history – ask us simply to be recognized.”
But Republican Senator Dave Cox calls the resolution was irresponsible:
“We cannot take the role of lawmakers and concurrently advocate for a boycott that advocates for no work, no school and no commerce as usual.”
Despite opposition, the measure passed the Senate, but Cox is now introducing his own bill, which would require schools be audited for attendance May 1st. They receive funding based on students being in class.