Published: Fri, February 17, 2017
U.S. | By Vera Richards

Chef José Andrés, Others, Closing Restaurants Thursday

Chef José Andrés, Others, Closing Restaurants Thursday

Restaurants around the country are closing during the Day Without Immigrants, either to show solidarity or because without their immigrant workforce, they are unable to operate. Send a message through our Facebook page to let us know if your business will be closed Thursday.

The protests are to show critical immigrants are to the USA economy and way of life.

Activists called on immigrants to stay home from work, avoid shopping and eating out and skip classes in an effort to highlight the vital role they play in American society.

On May 1, 2006, coinciding with May Day, thousands took to the streets to protest the U.S. Senate passing the so-called Sensenbrenner bill, which pushed to classify as felons undocumented immigrants and anyone who helped them enter or remain in the United States.

In one of many coordinated actions beyond the Beltway, the Davis Museum at Wellesley College in MA is participating from Thursday to Tuesday by draping or removing artwork created by immigrants. "They are what make America great and we support them!"

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Several dozen restaurants across the Twin Cities were shuttered or short-staffed Thursday as part of a nationwide rally created to show how important immigrants are to daily life. Some activists may not be sure where the social media-driven campaign originated, but their target is clear: what they call anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies from President Trump, such as the now-halted travel ban blocking refugees and visitors from seven predominantly Muslim nations.

The protest is a response to President Donald Trump and his administration. "What's going on right now with the White House really bothers me and I feel like if I can just do this for one day, maybe something will happen", said office employee Andrea Garcia. Advocates say immigrants often do work that other residents of the U.S.do not want to do.

Almiron detailed that immigrants in the city are concerned about an increase in immigration raids, even though Philadelphia has not seen an uptick in raids, as have other cities.

In New York, the owners of the Blue Ribbon restaurant chain say they will also close several of their locations in solidarity with those striking, despite the economic costs.

While others note the strike is not without a certain sense of irony given the country's long, and often contentious, history of immigration stretching as far back in time to the country's first European colonists.

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