Have you ever noticed how much the US relies on immigrants? Well today you’re in for a reality check.
Immigrants across the country will be on strike as part of the #DayWithoutImmigrants one-day strike. Foreign-born US residents are being asked to take a break from work, skip school, refrain from shopping, avoid purchasing gas and food today, etc.
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— Isba (@Isbbaa) February 16, 2017
Just imagine stopping by your favorite restaurant for a quick lunch and service is slower than normal. Or are you in need of fresh towels and bedding in your hotel room but there’s no housekeeper in sight. Aren’t feeling well and need to see your doctor? He or she isn’t working today either.
Some area restaurants have decided to close in observance of the day which gained popularity on social media. Just check out the hashtag #DayWithoutImmigrants.
Saru Jayaraman, co-founder of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, an advocacy group for restaurant workers, issued a statement supporting the one-day boycott.
“Immigrants are the lifeblood of the restaurant industry,” Jayaraman said. “At ROC, we honor the major contributions of immigrants in the restaurant industry — an industry that employs perhaps more immigrants than any other in the U.S. We applaud and support restaurants and workers who, by participating the the Day Without Immigrants, affirm the dignity of workers. Furthermore, we call on all Americans to recognize the influence and importance of immigrants in our communities, economy and daily lives.”
For a list of local business that are closed today, see here.
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