Boycott Over Illegals: Dump Miller Beer

Boycott over illegals: Dump Miller Beer
Groups say American brewery giant supports unlawful immigrants, amnesty

Posted: September 5, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern

American patriots first dumped tea over taxes; now it could be beer over lax immigration enforcement.

More than 100 groups are being organized to support a national boycott of Miller Brewing Co. and parent company SABMiller plc, because of what is viewed as the corporation's support for illegal immigrants and amnesty for them.

“The boycott message is simple. Miller Brewing Company supports illegal immigration by giving money to groups that support amnesty, marches, and benefits for illegal aliens,” the announcement on Monday said. “Citizens are encouraged to 'Dump the beer! Dump the stock.'”

Consumers should avoid Miller Lite, ICE House, Miller Genuine Draft and Milwaukee's Best, according to organizers who have posted their documentation and petition plans at

“It is time for these large corporations that are using their financial influence to open America's borders to be punished!” said William Gheen, of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC. “It is time for the immigration enforcement movement to show these unscrupulous corporations what we can do when we all work together.”

The coalition is pursuing the boycott under the auspices of the National Illegal Immigration Boycott Coalition, and will be headed up by Gheen and Jason Mrocheck of and FIRE Coalition, officials said.

FIRE is the Federal Immigration Reform and Enforcement coalition.

“Miller Brewing Company is giving money to groups that support amnesty and citizenship for illegal aliens that have broken many of our laws,” said Mrocheck. “The last thing we need is more illegal aliens driving drunk and killing American citizens.”

The two lead organizations provide an online database of companies accused of hiring illegal aliens and encourage the securing of America's borders and enforcement of existing immigration laws.

Now their efforts are expanding, because, they said, of a report that shows 13 Americans are being killed by “uninsured drunk driving illegal aliens” each day.

The Chicago Tribune recently had reported Miller paid more than $30,000 for planning, materials and advertising for the “Immigrant Workers Justice Walk” over the holiday weekend.

Miller officials denied it.

“The money supported a recent convention on immigration issues in Chicago, which provided attendees with information on how to become legally naturalized citizens of the U.S.,” said Miller spokesman Peter Marino.

Walk organizers said they wanted officials to pay attention to the “contributions of undocumented immigrants,” and change laws so that all immigrants can be legalized.

Miller company officials could not be reached over the holiday weekend, but information from the ALIPAC website indicated the situation developed when a group of immigrant advocacy organizations in Chicago discovered the company contributed $2,000 to the political campaign of U.S. Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis.

One of the congressman's projects has been HR4437, which calls for strengthening the anti-immigration laws of the United States, including a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The company, which also hired three ad agencies to work with its reach into the Hispanic population, then took out a one-page ad in a Chicago newspaper confirming that it opposes the “Anti-Immigration Legislation.”