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MEXICO CITY -- Millions of Mexicans are threatening to boycott U.S. products and businesses on May 1 as a way to support Latin Americans living in the States who have vowed not to turn up to work on that day.
The protest in the United States, called "A Day Without Immigrants," aims to put pressure on Congress to legalize the status of millions of undocumented migrant workers who have become a vital source of cheap labor for the U.S. economy, according to published reports.
Senators have been debating several proposals to reform immigration laws but have failed to reach a compromise, the delay leading to increasing frustration among the Hispanic community in the United States.
According to Mexico's central bank, the estimated 7 million Mexicans living and working illegally in the United States send their families back home more than $20 billion a year, making remittances Mexico's second-biggest source of foreign currency, after oil.