In an act of solidarity on Thursday, over 25 restaurants in the Washington, D.C. shut down or were significantly impacted due to lack of enough employees as a “Day Without Immigrants” strike unfolds.
The “Day Without Immigrants” is a movement that pushes back against President Trump’s recent agenda to crack down on illegal aliens. It is meant to send a message that the U.S. cannot function without immigrants, reports The Washington Free Beacon.
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In support of the protest, organizers have encouraged legal residents as well as illegal aliens all across the U.S. to boycott Trump’s executive orders by staying home from work and school, while some demonstrators have planned a march to the White House Thursday afternoon.
From Los Angeles, Danielle Karson told reporters at NPR:
“Thousands of immigrants are skipping work; not shopping; not eating at restaurants, buying gas, or sending their children to school. LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis says immigrants, regardless of legal status, contribute 40 percent of LA County’s gross domestic product: almost $300 billion a year.
“‘It’s incumbent on us to be brave, which we’re prepared to do,’ Solis said. To step up; to say to him, not in my house; not in my county; not in my state.”
Sign posted on door at Zavino at 13th and Sansom. Restaurant will be closed today for ‘Day without Immigrants’. pic.twitter.com/VpuPQIXpRW
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Some businesses have chosen to close for the day, while some have remained open and have pledged to contribute a share of the day’s proceeds to nonprofits that aid Latino communities. Others restaurants opted to limit their services or menu instead of shutting down completely.
USA Today reports that the Sweetgreen salad chain shuttered 18 stores in Washington D.C. to show support. “Our team members are the face of the brand, from the front lines to our kitchen — they’re the backbone of this company and what makes Sweetgreen special,” said Sweetgreen co-founders Jonathan Neman, Nicolas Jammet and Nathaniel Ru. “And that’s why we stand with them, today and every day.”
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