Immigrants plan protest to show value in American life

Demonstrators peacefully express their support for immigrants in front of city hall in Santa Maria Thursday afternoon

Immigrants across the country are planning to walk off the job and close up shop Thursday to demonstrate the impact immigrants have on the nation's economy.

In cities across the country today, businesses are participating in a "Day Without Immigrants" by closing their doors in response to the actions of President Donald Trump's administration.

"To the president: without us and our contribution this country is paralyzed!" the flier says.

Celebrity chef José Andrés, who was born in Spain, said he would close most of his eateries Thursday to observe the day. "When employees who haven't missed a day of work in almost 25 years come to you and ask for a day off to march against injustice, the answer is easy". Shallal added he's allowing all 600 of his employees to "use a vacation day", the report states, explaining the owner "said he needed to be involved". The least I could do was to say: "'OK, we stand by you'".

Other D.C. -area closures that policy makers may notice include Sweetgreen, a popular salad chain, and Busboys and Poets, whose bookstore-cafes were started by an Iraqi immigrant.

Meanwhile, in New Mexico, where almost half the population is Hispanic, Albuquerque Public Schools has taken a more cautious view of today's events.

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.

Mexican immigrant Alfredo Solis, who is the chef and owner of "Mezcalero and El Sol" said: "I have to support my team".

But in the decade since, it's been hard to assess their impact. The bill won passage in the House of Representatives before failing in the Senate.

Many are also citing last week's nationwide sweep of Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests, as well as Trump's promise to build a wall along the US-Mexico border, as reasons for the strike.

United States immigration authorities also arrested hundreds of people suspected of being in the country illegally during immigration raids last week, sparking condemnation from immigrant rights groups.

One of the protest leaders, Spanish-American celebrity chef Jose Andres, had a public falling out with Donald Trump when he made a decision to pull out of a contract to open a restaurant in Mr Trump's new Washington hotel. She does, however, hope the protests across the country remain peaceful and goal-focused. "We're just going to go with what we have that day and tell customers, 'This is what happens when immigrants don't come to work, '" Previte said.



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