The growth of a pro-immigration movement could force Houston businesses to downsize if President Donald Trump fails to recognize the economic influence of the immigrant community nationwide. The #DayWithoutImmigrants was created to underscore just how much the country's economy is dependent on immigrant workers, and it coincides with a surge in immigration raids in several states.
The Huffington Post reports that over 150 businesses closed and students (with their parents' permission) were excused from school if they wanted to protest. The organizers of "A Day Without Immigrants" have also planned actions in cities such as Washington, Philadelphia, Boston, and Austin, Texas.
U.S. businesses and schools face possible disruption as workers and students vow to stay home to draw attention to the contribution of immigrants. "That it will really be about true reform that takes into account the human aspect of immigration". National origin discrimination laws prevent us from hiring only citizens, and you might be surprised at how many of your co-workers entered this world in a different country, and if not them, then their parents.
Brexit takes Merseyside hate crime to record levels
A party spokesman told The Huffington Post UK: "Anyone can claim something is a hate crime , even if they haven't witnessed it". The figures for hate crimes were compiled from open data published by every police force in England and Wales.
- A Day without Immigrants is a response to the president's immigration policies.
"We need them. They're part of our society, they're part of who we are".
"From doctors to dishwashers, immigrants are integral to daily life in the US", tweeted Janet Murguia, president and CEO of National Council of La Raza, as she praised Spanish-American Chef Jose Andrés' decision to close his Washington, D.C., restaurants Thursday. Out of solidarity, he says he'll "try to do our gringo version of Latino food and serve them if they want to come in". In Los Angeles that year, a Day Without Immigrants resulted in one of the city's largest-ever demonstrations, with more than 500,000 refusing to attend work or school. Eloi Reyes, who immigrated from Mexico, took the day off from his job in lighting to join in the action even though he knows it may threaten his job.