What Would "A Day Without Immigrants" Actually Look Like?

Henrietta Brewer
February 17, 2017

"It's pretty organic", Yakupitiyage said. The policies being protested include the travel ban that covers seven Muslim-majority countries, which has been criticized as Islamophobic, and his promises to deport millions.

The protest comes in response to President Donald Trump and his 1-month-old administration.

Restaurants around the city are preparing to work without much of their staff, and Eater Boston reports that at least 10 restaurants or restaurant chains have announced that they will be closed. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco issued a stay on the existing stay.


Outreach to numerous offices on Capitol Hill that are the most involved in immigration policy turned up little awareness of the planned protest, aside from a few word-of-mouth exchanges.

At the Union Park in Chicago, hundreds of demonstrators, primarily Hispanic workers and students, gathered just before noon time and marched in support of immigrant rights and against Trump's immigration policies. They're part of who we are.

No business owners were able to go on camera, but several did tell Channel 6 that they were either undecided on the prospect of shutting down or that they opposed the idea.


Kalina Terrazas, a manager for El Burrito Mercado in St. Paul, said numerous restaurant's employees were joining the movement and the owners want to stand in solidarity with them. Andres cited the Republican's anti-immigrant comments on the campaign trail as his reason for backing out. "Obviously, as the business owner, you need to do what you think is most appropriate for your business", the memo said.

"Out of respect for r staff's vote to support Thurs's immigrant civil action, we r closing Frontera Grill, Topolobampo, Xoco & Fonda Frontera", tweeted Bayless, one of the country's most celebrated top chefs. Thousands are participating in states across the country.

It's unclear exactly how many workers will stay off the job Thursday because of the national protest.


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