DC Restaurants to Close Thursday for 'Day Without Immigrants' Strike

Ross Houston
February 17, 2017

Chef Jose Andres, a restaurateur and entrepreneur closed his Washington D.C. restaurants for the day saying he wanted to stand in solidarity with the immigrant community."We are all one", he told USA Today. "We also respect all who decide not to come into work today and will not consider them a no-show".

"We need them. They're part of our society, they're part of who we are".

Andres, who is now involved in a legal battle with Trump over a restaurant lease, says he expects to lose almost $100,000 from Thursday's closing. On January 28, members of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance went on a one-hour strike in solidarity with protesters at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

"We are here with the freedom of speech, and the freedom of speech is to let us know we are here for the world".

"I just want to show that without us, there's a major change in our world because immigrants are what make America", she said.

Angela Fernandez with the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights told me the name behind Thursday's action comes from the movie "A Day without Mexicans". In his 1 month in office, he has taken action to limit immigration and pledged to increase deportation of immigrants living in the USA illegally. "They need us, we need them", said the supporter.

Trump's order to begin construction of a wall between the United States and Mexico had made the relations between the two nations sour and laid the groundwork for new policies. Dozens of local small businesses, including the El Rancho Supermercado in Dallas, posted notices that they will close in support of the movement.

Asserting that his business would fall apart without his immigrant employees Carr said "Immigrants are the backbone of this country and the heart and soul of the service industry".

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