A Day Without Immigrants: Do Such Strikes Have Any Impact?
Source: fox40.com – Friday, February 17, 2017
Protesters gather outside US. District Court during a hearing for a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipient detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, in Seattle, Washington on February 17. (Jason Redmond/AFP/Getty Images) by Ese Olumhense In cities across the country Thursday, thousands of businesses closed in observance of the Day Without Immigrants national strike, designed to protest President Donald Trump’s immigration policies — which include the mass deportation of undocumented immigrants and the proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall. Thousands were estimated to have abstained from work, school, and other commitments in protest and solidarity. While many nixed any shopping on Thursday, hundreds of shops and restaurants also closed or reduced their hours. In Washington, dining services in the Senate Cafeteria were even reportedly affected by the strike, as multiple employees are said to have stayed home from work Thursday morning. As a result, the Refectory of the Senate reportedly had to shutter operations all day. Immigration reform proponents are saying that the “highly organic” boycott’s development is powerfully illustrative of the shared power of immigrants and their allies. “There is a growing consensus on standing up to the politics of division being played by this administration,” said Clarissa Martinez, the deputy vice president of research, advocacy, and legislation at the National Council of La Raza
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