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‘A Day Without Immigrants’ protests close some NYC restaurants, stores


The "A Day Without Immigrant" protest will take place in New York City on Feb. 16, 2017. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Spencer Platt

Immigrants plan to protest President Donald Trump’s policies on immigration by not going to work or school on Thursday.

The “A Day Without Immigrants” protests, which were spread by word of mouth and on social media, are expected to take place in New York City, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston and other cities. They are in response to Trump’s vows to crack down on illegal immigration and his executive order, since suspended, to temporarily block entry to people from seven Muslim-majority countries.

“To the president: Without us and without our contribution this country is paralyzed,” read a poster promoting the protest that was widely shared online.

The actions also follow a series of federal raids last week in which more than 680 people illegally in the country were arrested, raising alarm among immigrant rights’ groups.

In New York City, a number of restaurants will not be open Thursday, as many of their workers are immigrants.

The owners of the Blue Ribbon restaurant chain said they would close several eateries. “It’s really a show of support for our staff, and as a team and a family as a whole,” said co-owner Eric Bromberg.

Dziupla, a Polish restaurant in Williamsburg, said it will close as well. “We are proud to stand with the individuals and businesses participating in this boycott, yet immensely saddened that a protest of this nature is even a necessity,” the owners wrote on the restaurant’s Instagram. “Our restaurant, our city—our very nation was built by hardworking immigrants.”

Other participating restaurants and stores include Land Thai Kitchen on the Upper West Side, La Contenta on the Lower East Side, PURE Thai Cookhouse in Hell’s Kitchen, 51st Bakery and Cafe in Long Island City and La Sirena in the East Village.

Eataly tweeted that it supports any of its employees who participate in the protest, but will remain open. 

With Reuters

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