Immigrant Workers Clock In As Boycott Sweeps The Country
As strikers participated in "A Day Without Immigrants" demonstrations, others that had to go to work showed their support in other ways
As a worker strike swept the country on Thursday in protest of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, some laborers still showed up to work. Those that clocked in, however, took to social media to post photos and messages of support for those hitting the streets.
From California to New York, businesses, workers, and supporters shared heartfelt messages about the protest, migration, and their lives in general. Using the hashtag #daywithoutimmigrants, the Chicago-based Kiser Group Realty posted about their decision to work. “We come to work because we support our boss & team, we’re encouraged to take the day off because our boss & team support us,” the business wrote in an Instagram caption.
One user, Jaime Linn, posted a photo of herself posing with two of her Mexican coworkers who decided to still work the kitchen despite the day of demonstrations. “I work with Angelo and Salvino, they’re brothers who hail from Mexico and have worked here for 12 years. They are extremely hard working chefs, and our little wine bar wouldn’t run without them. Unfortunately they had to be at work today, but I’m grateful that they’re here because Immigrants make America great,” she wrote on Instagram.
I work with Angelo and Salvino, they’re brothers who hail from Mexico and have worked here for 12 years. They are extremely hard working chefs, and our little wine bar wouldn’t run without them. Unfortunately they had to be at work today, but I’m grateful that they’re here because Immigrants make America great #daywithoutimmigrants #NoBanNoWall A post shared by Jaime Linn (@funnycurl_jaime) on
Unum, a DC restaurant posted a photo of four of its workers dressed in their wait staff uniform and kitchen apron. “Unum strongly support ‘day without immigrants’ & after discussing with our staff we will be OPEN. We feel our customers should gain first hand knowledge and realize how important, hard working and dedicated our immigrant staff work every day and what it is like without them,” the business wrote on Instagram.
Unum strongly support “day without immigrants” & after discussing with our staff we will be OPEN. We feel our customers should gain first hand knowledge and realize how important, hard working and dedicated our immigrant staff work every day and what it is like without them. E Pluribus Unum — From Many, One #daywithoutimmigrants #standup #resist #epluribusunum A post shared by Unum Restaurant (@unumdc) on
Across the United States, participants are organizing “A Day Without Immigrants.” The movement encourages both legal and undocumented residents to not go to work, spend money, open businesses, or send children to school. Starting out in a few cities initially, the boycott went national on Thursday, spreading mostly via social media and word of mouth. But even those who still have to go to work are making their support known on the internet, or explaining why they had to show up today:
@Vtsseeeezzzy_ be better for the economy when they need us most. My mom had to go to work bc they needed her she was only spanish speaker
— Viviana Serrano (@Vtsseeeezzzy_) February 16, 2017
I find myself in a weird spot today. As a product an immigrant mother I stand with #adaywithoutimmigrants #daywithoutimmigrants wholeheartedly. However, with the job I have, I have the privilege of getting payed if I miss work. Not only do I get payed, but another job is being created by getting a sub, so after long contemplation, in my eyes missing work would not only defeat the purpose of this act, but it would also harm it. So I am choosing to join this movement by not buying anything. And making sure that I thank those #immigrants that I encounter. #sisepuede #sisepudo #immigrantsmakeamericagreat A post shared by Andrea Torres (@andreeatea) on
— Amber Lara (@berburlara) February 16, 2017
I’m an immigrant 🇺🇸🇭🇳 #imigrantes #daywithoutimmigrants #closeforday A post shared by Melissa Araujo (@chefmelissaaraujo) on