Demonstrating “A Day Without Immigrants”


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President Trump’s stances on immigration have always been controversial, but the debate came to a boil on February 16, as immigrants across the country refused to go to work. The demonstration, called “A Day Without Immigrants” by both participants and organizers, was created to show how businesses and national commerce would be affected if no immigrants attended work. This came as a response to Trump’s actions against immigration, including his travel ban on seven Middle Eastern countries and his promises to build a wall along the United States-Mexico border.

Although demonstrations were popular nationwide, many people in Washington, D.C. joined in the protests. Some charter schools in the district even closed for the day. Protesters took the opportunity to call for action from the government, prompting Mayor Muriel Bowser to affirm that the district will remain a sanctuary city, despite Trump’s repeated pledges to repeal federal funding for sanctuaries.

While some businesses supported the strike by closing for the day or posting messages online in solidarity with their employees or family, others punished employees who failed to show for work. According to CNBC, employees at painting company Bradley Coatings, Incorporated were fired after not going to their jobs, provoking outrage from people who supported the demonstration. Some social media users have called to boycott the businesses that fired demonstrators.

However, this is not the only demonstration of its kind. Another demonstration, “A Day Without a Woman”, is being planned for March 8, which is International Women’s Day, by the organizers of the Women’s March on Washington. According to their website, this will occur in conjunction with the International Women’s Strike, and have stated that they aim to support companies, communities and organizations that assist women.

Another event is scheduled for Earth Day. The March for Science claims that it is not political in nature, stating on their website that, “It’s not about scientists or politicians; it is about the very real role that science plays in each of our lives.” They mention how anti-science policies and agendas “harm everyone.” The event is designed to promote awareness of current scientific issues and common interest in the subject.

Since the start of the administration, people have been vocal about their concerns. These demonstrations, along with others, are ways for people to become involved in topics they care about. Marches, protests and strikes have grown in popularity as a way for their hopes to reach Trump’s administration.