Just days after the Women’s March organizers called for “Day Without Women,” another group called for Thursday to be a “Day Without Immigrants” to protest President Trump’s policies on illegal immigration and his “extreme vetting” proposal.
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) February 16, 2017
Students skipped school:
— Humans of KIPP Obras (@humansofkao) February 16, 2017
There are no kids in school today. Feeling proud but also sad. #ADayWithoutImmigrants is a day when America stops.
— Christine Ruffolo (@ruffolous) February 16, 2017
— joaquin (@guakeen) February 16, 2017
Someone wrote an excuse note for students who skipped out. It was available in English and Spanish:
And one student noted the money the school lost by having fewer students in the seats:
Damn Lighthouse lost around 6k for the absence of only 150 students on the High school side #ADayWithoutImmigrants
— Alex (@2018_v) February 16, 2017
USA Today reports that New Mexico urged students to come to school:
In New Mexico, the state with the largest percentage of Hispanic residents in the nation, school officials worried hundreds of students would stay home Thursday.
“We respectfully ask all parents to acknowledge that students need to be in class every day to benefit from the education they are guaranteed and to avoid falling behind in school and life,” principals with the Albuquerque Public Schools wrote in a letter to parents. Students who take part in the protest will receive an unexcused absence, Albuquerque school officials said.
About 200 students didn’t show up at one elementary school in Florida:
— TompkinsTiffany (@tompkinscondie) February 16, 2017
New York City encouraged people to stay home:
— NYC ImmigrantAffairs (@NYCImmigrants) February 16, 2017
With the mayor’s blessing:
New York is the ultimate city of immigrants and we will stand up for our sisters and brothers. https://t.co/neCOAClFGf
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) February 16, 2017
USA Today reports an unknowable number of people didn’t show up for work or closed down businesses to show President Trump that immigrants are important:
“The goal for today is for the president to notice how important immigrants are for the country and for the economy and how bad it would be for the economy if immigrants weren’t in this country,’’ said Maria Sanchez, a community leader, at a rally in Clark Park in southwest Detroit.
Washington, D.C. restaurateur Jose Andres closed his restaurants for the day:
— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) February 14, 2017
– ICE out of DC – no ICE presence and declining of all ICE detainer/notification requests;
– If we lose our federal funds for being a sanctuary, the local government must make up the difference;
– Stop unchecked police violence committed against immigrants, including Black people and all people of color;
– Remove undocumented mark from DC drivers’ licenses;
– That there is no discrimination against Muslims and that DC does not support the creation of a Muslim registry or specialized surveillance of these communities;
– Not one unjust firing of anyone who chooses to participate in the Day Without Immigrants.
Restaurant owners across the country put their closed signs up for all to see:
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In support of our staff members protesting as part of "A Day Without Immigrants", Dziupla will be closed tomorrow. We are proud to stand with the individuals and businesses participating in this boycott, yet immensely saddened that a protest of this nature is even a necessity. Our restaurant, our city—our very nation was built by hardworking immigrants. We are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of immigrants. They are our family, friends, neighbors and coworkers. WE are immigrants. And we are all Americans. We urge everyone in our community of Williamsburg and beyond to support our Latino and immigrant neighbors participating in tomorrow’s crucial boycott. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope we have your understanding. #ADayWithoutImmigrants #SpreadLoveItsTheBrooklynWay
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) February 16, 2017
Protests were held and “Si se puede” was the rallying cry:
— Sarah Meehan (@sarahvmeehan) February 16, 2017
Another held a rally against Immigration and Customs Enforcement:
But there was one major thing overlooked at these rallies to rebuke Trump, besides perhaps billions of dollars in lost productivity.
Once again, activists and organizers conflated legal immigrants with what Trump is doing about criminal illegal aliens in the U.S. and what he’s proposing to do to through “extreme vetting” of people from seven majority-Muslim nations.
Some people got it:
— RenRen Cicero (@RenRenCicero) February 16, 2017
— Ash (@shwee_beez) February 16, 2017
— Joeito_Megatone (@JBoXerNyC84) February 16, 2017
And there was one more thing highlighted by the coverage, as well. Though “Si se puede” (yes, we can) was on the lips of most protesters Thursday, immigrants to the U.S. come from all over the world — not just Latin America.
Even Donald Trump’s own family is an immigrant success story.