Examples: [Collected via e-mail, March 2010
what do you guys know about the text message about walmart signing a law so immigration will arrest illegal people inside the store
the rumor is that Walmart has authorized immigration to enter the stores beginning
WALMART dio autorizacion para atrapar inmigrantes dentro su tienda empieza 20 de marzo apoya el movimiento hispano no comprando en WALMART pasalo.. .
Origins: In mid-March 2010, messages began circulating via e-mail and text messaging claiming that WalMart had authorized
As the warning messages spread, additional rumors began to circulate claiming that the described raids had been seen taking place:
Senior Pastor David Stepp at Bakersfield Hispanic Church is concerned about the affects the text message can have. "This could affect traffic in stores and East Bakersfield," he said.
Stepp also became concerned when members of his congregation held a meeting about the text. "Panic, fear, mistrust of WalMart," is how he described their mood.
Stepp added that he didn't believe the text message when he first heard about it. "There were too many inconsistencies, didn't sound right," he said.
But the text messages have gone beyond simple warnings telling people to stay away from WalMart. The latest ones actually claim that two bus loads of immigrants were picked up from the East Hills WalMart.
On immigration reform, our position is clear. We believe reform is needed. We are committed to working with all interested parties
Despite these alerts, there have been no actual confirmations of any of these messages to be true.
The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (SDIRC) met on Monday,
According to Pedro Rios, the American Friends Service Committee of San Diego (AFSC) spoke with ICE officials and
In response, MundoHispánico conducted a special investigation to discover if the rumors, as well as the GLAHR statements, were true.
The alleged involvement of ICE and the police at Walmart was broadcast not only by word of mouth, but also by radio stations and cell phone text messages. This newsroom received dozens of emails and phone calls looking for information on the subject.
MundoHispánico found that several text messages were generated by people who participated in the GLAHR meeting mentioned above.
GLAHR executive director Adelina Nicholls and several volunteers from the organization, including attorney Aaron Ortiz, sent several text messages to different contacts.
Some messages specifically warned that the police had set up a checkpoint at the Big Chicken Walmart (located in Marietta).
When questioned about the information in this text message, Nicholls admitted having written it and said she was wrong to send a message without checking its accuracy.
The activist blamed the rumor on announcer Eduardo Salinas, of Radio La Ley 1080 AM
"He said on the air that he had seen this checkpoint," Nicholls told fifty people at a GLAHR meeting.
When asked by this weekly, Salinas said he saw a roadblock ("check point") in front of said Walmart, but almost immediately corrected himself and said it was not a checkpoint but two Cobb patrol cars stopping a driver.
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