Businesses Strike Across Country For ‘Day Without Immigrants’ Protest
The Trump Administration has inspired yet another nationwide protest.
In response to a series of policies targeting and threats against immigrants in the United States, protestors across the country are closing their businesses and not going into work for an event called “Day Without Immigrants.”
The movement is focused in Washington D.C., which has the seventh highest number of immigrants in the U.S., and has spread to cities such as Philadelphia and Austin, according to USA Today.
Reports of building a wall along the Mexican border, ICE detaining nearly 700 people this weekend and threats of crack downs on immigration proved to be more than enough to spark movement in the immigrant community.
The “Day Without Immigrants” is meant to show just how much of an impact they have in day-to-day life, whether people realize it or not.
“I realized I’m an immigrant too, and it is important for me to take that stand,”Busboys and Poets owner Andy Shallal told the Washington Post. “I am in a position of power, and I realize that, and I am able to do this and I can be in solidarity with my staff.”
Shallal made the decision to close all six of his restaurants in the area, joining a series of other restaurant owners, public schools and day cares.
“As a Latino business owner I stand in solidarity with all of my immigrant staff,”John Andrade, the principal owner of Meridian Pint, wrote on Facebook. “Therefore, we will close our kitchen this Thursday in support of our immigrant staff’s desire and right to protest the evolving state of immigration policies in our country.”
Other examples of businesses showing solidarity include The Davis Museum at Wellesley College in Massachusetts removing all artwork made my immigrants through Feb. 21 and hundreds of students in New Mexico potentially staying home from school.
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