Some New Mexico businesses join 'A Day Without Immigrants'

Feb 17, 2017, 00:34
Some New Mexico businesses join 'A Day Without Immigrants'

"From doctors to dishwashers, immigrants are integral to daily life in the USA", 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.

The strike is in defiance of President Donald Trump's immigration order temporarily banning travel to the USA by refugees and by most people from seven majority-Muslim countries. "I'm an immigrant, yes, but I pay my taxes, I help the community, I live in a wonderful neighborhood, I do the best I can", Reyes said. We believe education is important for every child and as part of the education process, they should feel safe to discuss their concerns and frustrations.

Almiron said that while community groups have not seen an uptick in immigration raids in the city, residents are concerned about the possibility. Garcia de Rayos plead guilty to ID fraud in 2009 but was given leniency under the Obama administration.

Early Thursday morning in the Los Angeles County city of Cudahy, at least one business was participating in the demonstration, with flyers posted on the windows noting the business would remain closed.

According to the US Department of Labor Statistics, foreign-born workers in 2015 comprised 16.7 percent of the US workforce. "People have already made a decision that they are not working tomorrow". "We are an immigrant company, born in Italy, with many immigrant employees". Though a United States appeals-court ruling earlier this month prevented the ban from being enforced as its legality is decided, The Washington Post reported that Trump was considering rewriting the plan to regain some type of immigration ban.

"People that never missed one day of work are telling you they don't want to work on Thursday", he told Reuters.

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Other restaurants, like Eataly Boston in the Back Bay, are supporting any employees who wish to take part in the strike.

Restaurants around the country are closing during the Day Without Immigrants, either to show solidarity or because without their immigrant workforce, they are unable to operate.

Andres said the strike movement builds on a feeling of increased hostility toward immigrants since President Trump took office. "They fill the empty spaces that no other American will fill".

Fine restaurants in the nation's capital and in NY closed for the day, as did grocery stores, food trucks and taco joints in Chicago, Boston and elsewhere. Jacobs says he supports the statement his staff is making.

In the Los Angeles Times last March, writers and activists Mark and Paul Engler argued that the experience of organizing and protesting paved the way for later gains - like the protests at then-President Obama's 2012 campaign headquarters that came a few weeks before the announcement of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which holds off deportations for immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children.