Day Without Immigrants' protest closes many USA restaurants

A restaurant on Georgia Avenue is closed in honor of the

The goal of the social media-born, grassroots movement, dubbed #ADayWithoutImmigrants, is to show the importance of immigrants in American society. Ideal will pay its employees during its closure. They are just a small handful of all that America owes to immigrants.

Since his inauguration, Trump has signed executive orders temporarily banning refugees, suspending the visas of immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries and pushing forward construction of his promised United States-Mexico border wall.

On Thursday, immigrant communities across the country took part in the Day Without Immigrants, a protest and boycott meant to raise awareness of the effects of Donald Trump's immigration policies. A Day Without Immigrants is among the first large-scale strikes in the wake of Trump's inauguration.

The D.C. public charter school, where he works as an assistant principal, will be forced to close for the day after more than half of the school's staff announced their plans to participate in the "Day Without Immigrants" protest. "I hope that's the message we are giving our families, our community members and our policymakers". "We wouldn't be here without them and you".

"One of the drivers called in saying that they had only picked up two students", she said, "and they normally carry about 60 students on their elementary run".

Several restaurants in D.C. will be closed Thursday because of a planned "Day Without Immigrants" strike. "We're workers. We support our country", David Pena said. They want to demonstrate what would happen if the United States were to lose scores of foreign-born residents by cracking down on undocumented immigrants.

'Mr. President, without us and without our contribution this country is paralyzed, ' read a poster promoting the protest that was widely shared online.

"[Management is] supportive of their staff on whichever decision they choose", said spokesperson Meg Malloy. "I support it because I think it's necessary that we do things to resist the kinds of changes brought upon us by the Trump administration", Jacobs said.

On their Facebook page, Shojo management wrote, "We are choosing to participate in solidarity with all immigrants as a reflection of our resolute belief in diversity".

- The Davis Museum at Wellesley College in MA said it would remove or shroud all artwork created or given by immigrants to the museum through February 21. Some business owners said they needed to stay in business and would try to stay open even if employees did not show up.



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