In Focus: 'A Day Without Immigrants'

Kathy Gurchiek By Kathy Gurchiek February 16, 2017

​In support of a national movement, "A Day Without Immigrants," held on Feb. 16, some schools, shops, restaurants and other businesses temporarily closed as individuals marched and attended rallies to support immigrants' contributions to the nation and to protest President Trump's proposed immigration policies. It was the latest reaction to the president's proposals on immigration that include building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, deporting illegal aliens, and a controversial plan—since suspended by a federal judge—to ban citizens of seven Muslin-majority countries from entering the U.S.    

U.S. Immigrants Stay Home from Work to Protest Trump Policies
More than 100 restaurants and dozens of other businesses in cities around the United States shut their doors on Thursday to show support for "A Day Without Immigrants," a walkout aimed at protesting President Donald Trump's policies.

Employers' Usual Rules Apply to National General Strikers
Businesses can enforce their typical absence rules if their workers participate in the Feb. 17 National General Strike, experts say, but should exercise caution in those rare circumstances where participation constitutes protected concerted activity.
(SHRM Online)  

Foreign-born Contributed $107B in Income Tax. And 9 Other Stats on 'Day Without Immigrants'
A nationwide strike dubbed a "Day Without Immigrants" cast a spotlight on the role of foreign-born workers in the American economy. The walkout at some businesses comes amid a feverish debate over undocumented immigration, foreign trade and President Trump's temporary travel ban on people from several majority-Muslim nations. Here are 10 key things you should know about the impact of immigrants on the U.S. workforce.
(USA Today)

Here Are the Demands of DC's 'Day Without Immigrants' Protesters
As workers strike and restaurants shutter Thursday in support of immigrants, organizers of Washington, D.C.'s "Day Without Immigrants" protest are demanding much more than an end to President Donald Trump's immigration policies. A Facebook event page for the District protest included a litany of demands from those protesting — and it's not just about Trump's immigration policies or temporary travel ban.
(The Blaze)

On a 'Day Without Immigrants,' Workers Show Their Presence by Staying Home
What began as a grass-roots movement quickly reached the highest levels of federal government, and in New York parts of the construction industry were shut down.
(New York Times)


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