Nationwide ‘Day Without Immigrants’ shuts down businesses

Day Without Immigrants (or A Day Without Immigrants) was a protest and boycott that took place on February 16, 2017, to demonstrate the importance of immigration, and to protest President Donald Trump’s plans to build a border wall and to potentially deport millions of illegal immigrants. The strike called for immigrants not to go to work, to avoid spending money, and keep children home from school. People took part to show the importance of immigrants to the economy and also to protest possible racial profiling of U.S. citizens by immigration enforcement. The strike was planned on social media.People first started talking about the strike after the Women’s March, and as the idea gained momentum, important people in the restaurant industry helped boost exposure.

The movement is a response to President Trump’s immigration agenda, which includes a pledge to seal the U.S. border with Mexico and a travel ban on citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries (which is now on hold).

It was unclear how many people participated in the strike across the country, but Clarissa Martínez-de-Castro, deputy vice president at the National Council of La Raza — a national Latino advocacy organization — said the protest sent a strong message.

“In a time when the administration doesn’t seem to see anything positive about the immigrant community,” Martinez said, “having small-business owners, chefs and their workers challenge that notion and give voice to the very real ways immigrants contribute to society is very significant.”

Día sin inmigrantes fue una protesta y un boicot que tuvo lugar el 16 de febrero de 2017 para demostrar la importancia de la inmigración y para protestar contra los planes del presidente Donald Trump de construir un muro fronterizo y Para potencialmente deportar a millones de inmigrantes ilegales.  La huelga llamó a los inmigrantes a no ir a trabajar, a evitar el gasto de dinero, y mantener a los niños en casa de la escuela. Las personas tomaron parte para mostrar la importancia de los inmigrantes a la economía y también para protestar contra posibles perfiles raciales de los ciudadanos de los Estados Unidos por la aplicación de la inmigración. La huelga fue planeada en los medios sociales. La gente comenzó a hablar de la huelga después de la Marcha de la Mujer, y como la idea ganó impulso, la gente importante en la industria de la restauración ayudó a aumentar la exposición.