Have you ever wondered how your city or country would look like without immigrants?
People from cities across the United States tried to find out by organizing a #daywithoutimmigrants. Immigrants wanted to make a statement by shutting down their businesses, staying away from work and school, and by refusing to spend money. Through those actions they want to highlight their impact on the economy and culture in the United States.
The strike/boycott is part of a growing movement against president Donald Trump’s immigration policy. The movement started after Donald Trump gave the executive order on the travel ban from 7 muslim-majority countries. Not only are they protesting against the ban, but also against his plans of building a wall on the Mexican border to keep immigrants out.
Check out some tweets from that day:
— junee❥ (@juneecx) February 16, 2017
Our nation is stronger because of the generations of immigrants who came here. I stand with those participating in a #DayWithoutImmigrants.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) February 16, 2017
Shoutout to the people who came here with empty pockets and dreams, and worked their asses off to make a living. #DayWithoutImmigrants
— rida 🌿 (@freespiritrida) February 16, 2017
Today, for #DayWithoutImmigrants , I've rescheduled plans and won't be spending any money in restaurants, coffee shops, etc. 🇺🇸
— Matt McGorry (@MattMcGorry) February 16, 2017
We grow up thinking our parents never understand our struggles, but the truth is they made sure we never felt theirs #DayWithoutImmigrants
— Sinai Ortiz (@Sinai_Ortizzz) February 16, 2017
— Kait 🌈 (@itzzkait) February 16, 2017
Although, let’s be honest, if there would really be a #daywithoutimmigrants, everybody had to participate since (apart from Native Americans) everybody in America is either an immigrant or related to immigrants.
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