This past Thursday immigrants all over the United States took a stand.
The stand they took was meant to demonstrate how important they are to America’s economy and its way of life, and many businesses closed in solidarity, in a nationwide protest called A Day Without Immigrants.
These Actions took place in places with large immigrant populations such as Philadelphia, Washington D.C and Los Angeles.
The boycott was aimed squarely at President Donald Trump’s efforts to crack down on immigration, legal and illegal. Organizers said they expected thousands to participate or otherwise show their support.
Since the end of 2007, the number of foreign-born workers employed in the U.S. has climbed by nearly 3.1 million to 25.9 million; they account for 56 percent of the increase in U.S. employment over that period, according to the Labor Department.
“The really important dynamic to note is this is not antagonistic, employee-against-employer,” said Janet Murguia, president of the Hispanic rights group National Council of La Raza. “This is employers and workers standing together, not in conflict.”
She added: “Businesses cannot function without immigrant workers today.” (CBS News)
I am a second generation Hispanic, both of my parents were born here. But they are both the youngest in their families and are the only ones in their families that were born in the U.S so my parents are first generations.
My grandparents, aunts and uncles are all immigrants. Granted they are Costa Rican and Puerto Rican immigrants and Mexican Immigrants are the ones getting the most attention, but in the end, they are still immigrants.
They came here legally looking for the American dream and if it wasn’t for their motivation and courage to come to America I don’t know where I would be today.
The immigration laws are controversial and not something I really want to get into, but immigrants themselves deserve to be here and are a very important part of the American day to day life.
The reason most immigrants come to the U.S and leave their homeland, is for a better opportunity for themselves and their family and to chase the American dream. Is there anything so wrong with that?!
In Washington, D.C., more than a hundred-people gathered to march in acknowledgement of A Day Without Immigrants, CBS News’ Nicole Sganga reported. There were boisterous crowds, musicians, handmade drums, young kids, and large banners reading “they will not build borders in our community,” “immigrants work for America’s prosperity” and “We have a right to an education! To a future!” (CVS News)
Quotes and statistics gathered from: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/day-without-immigrants-protest-closes-many-us-restaurants-nationwide/?ftag=CNM-00-10aab7e&linkId=34589722