A Day Without Immigrants


People joined together on Feb. 16 to participate in a day without immigrants with others from all over the country.

Hundreds of students did not attend school, many businesses closed for the day, workers stayed at home and some abstained from shopping. Many immigrants and U.S citizens joined the protest to speak their minds.

“It first spread on social media, rippling through immigrant communities,” New York Times Editor, Liz Robbins said. “It’s the opposite of fear and rumor: a call to boycott,”

 People were planning it for weeks, having restaurant staff meetings and placing the protest on the construction working sites. The protest began on Facebook and Twitter. Many restaurants like Starbucks, Sbarro’s and Taco Bell closed because numerous workers stayed home. The majority of the restaurants in San Francisco, Washington and Phoenix were all closed. Chicago chef Rick Bayless also closed his restaurant chain ‘Frontera Grill.’

“What really makes our country great is the diversity we experience here,” Bayless said. “I can’t say enough about the lack of respect I’m sensing around us these days.”

Many students missed school and some kids did not attend daycare. In Austin Comunidad, a hispanic charter school in Austin, Texas only 26 students came to school that day.

“Some of our school buses were coming to school with two and four children with them,” second-grade bilingual teacher, Sarah Gonzales said.

The New York Times mentioned that 65 percent of the students were Hispanic, and 263 out of the 663 students were absent in Siler City Elementary, located in North Carolina. The whole country was aware and they did not put this on halt.

“The Davis Museum at Wellesley College took innovative approach to the protest,” Annie Correal said. “It removed or cloaked 120 works of art that were made by an immigrant.”

Many marched and filled up the busy streets of the city shouting their voices out loud just to be heard, many of the people were yelling. Others watched as it was happening before their eyes. All the city could hear the shouts of the people yelling, “Si se puede! We can do it.”


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