February 16: “A Day Without Immigrants” Protest
In response to Trump’s Immigration Ban, “A Day Without Immigrants” will now take place. On Thursday, many immigrants will take the day off of work, students will not go to school or classes and restaurants will not be opening their doors, all to show Trump and his supporters just how important immigrant are to the U.S. economy.
Just after a panel of judges blocked Trump’s ban, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested about 680 people after raids took place all over the U.S. last week, which have all been named as “routine.” The raids were said to be done looking for those who have crime convictions. The protest can be seen drastically in cities like New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles.
Danielle Karson reports for NPR, “Thousands of immigrants are skipping work; not shopping; not eating at restaurants, buying gas, or sending their children to school. LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis says immigrants, regardless of legal status, contribute 40 percent of LA County’s gross domestic product: almost $300 billion a year.”
If this type of protest sounds familiar, you may remember back in 2005 when the Great American Boycott happened. A protest that took place on May 1st against the Illegal Immigration Control Act. The act who have pushed for building of a wall along the border of U.S. and Mexico, also making it tougher on people illegally in our country and for those who aid them.
Locally in Greenville & Raleigh, a few businesses have decided to join the protest, closing their doors for the day.
While some businesses will remain open. they have pledged to have proceeds of the day go to nonprofits that benefit immigrant communities. The question is now, will the day make a difference to Trump?
— Hayley Rowley (@HayleyaRowley) February 16, 2017
— Janet Murguía (@JMurguia_NCLR) February 15, 2017
Written by Clarke Jones