What happens with Immigrants opt to sit out one day? Could we, as a country, function?
Well, it’s happening February 16, 2017, A Day Without Immigrants.
This protest is gaining momentum across the United States in light of the increasing pressure and raids from the current administration and Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE). Immigrants, both documented and undocumented are very concerned about profiling, detention and deportations.
To raise awareness of the impact, especially the economic contribution of immigrants, the protestors are urging immigrants, including Latinos:
- To stay home from work
- Not to take the kids to school
- Not to purchase anything, not even gas
- If business owners, not to open their doors
This grass-root movement is being propelled via word of mouth and social media activity.
Imagine the impact in the Services and Construction industries? Specially restaurants?
Activity is expected in DC and Philly, and some businesses in Baltimore have already heard rumblings from their workers, that they stand in solidarity with immigrants and will not be showing up for work.
This protest may not have many participants, due to lack of notice, but already, larger groups are planning more organized events.