Restaurants Will Test If The US Can Stomach 'A Day Without Immigrants'

In Washington, some restaurants put up signs on their doors explaining they were closing to support their workers.

One flier circulating online calls for all immigrants to not attend work on Thursday and also to keep their businesses closed, not send their children to school and not shop.

The "A day without immigrants" strike comes as Donald Trump's presidency sparked several marches and demonstrations across the country. (Clarke Jr. recently made commentsabout helping federal agents crackdown on immigrants.) "No matter what status you have, we're here to work hard", Mayra Estrada, a 33-year-old protester, told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "They are also part of our family here at Little Red Fox and I too am anxious about their future under this administration", Carr said.

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In one of many coordinated actions beyond the Beltway, the Davis Museum at Wellesley College in MA is participating from Thursday to Tuesday by draping or removing artwork created by immigrants.

The workers will still get paid and the restaurant plans to donate 10% of the day's sales to a local nonprofit that provides social and legal services to immigrants.

Numerous restaurants, which often depend heavily on immigrant staff, closed for the day in Washington, New York, Chicago and other cities.

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Organizers in cities across the USA are telling immigrants to miss class, miss work and not shop on Thursday as a way to show the country how important they are to America's economy and way of life.

The campaign has the backing of celebrity Spanish-born chef José Andrés, who announced that his three Jaleo restaurants as well as restaurants Zaytinya and Oyamel, all of which are in the Washington area, will be closed for the day.

A number of Boston-area businesses and restaurants - and at least one museum - participated Thursday in a nationwide day of action aimed at highlighting contributions of immigrants.

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Almiron detailed that immigrants in the city are concerned about an increase in immigration raids, even though Philadelphia has not seen an uptick in raids, as have other cities. "They are, in economic terms, productive citizens, and pay a higher effective tax rate than the top 1 percent income bracket", Chen wrote. She said she was protesting during her lunch break because she thought it was important right now to support her community.


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