Civil rights leader Al Sharpton and Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott have found common ground on the issue of immigration reform. Appearing at the annual conference of the Hispanic organization La Raza, the unlikely cohorts gave speeches demanding a revival of the immigration debate. Sharpton raised the specter of racism and criticized presidential candidates who, he said, wink at voters of color and then often fail to deliver.
MIAMI BEACH, Fla.—The Rev. Al Sharpton and Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott became unlikely allies Tuesday in their call to revive immigration legislation, in speeches before the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights organization. “Congress needs to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill now,” said Scott, who heads the world’s largest retailer.
Scott attributed his views in part to his Mexican-American granddaughter, who has helped him to understand immigration as more than “simply a cerebral exercise.”
But Hispanics also provide a major part of the chain’s business, Scott acknowledged, roughly 14 percent and growing. And their relatives are increasingly shopping at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in countries such as Argentina and Guatemala.