Immigrants across the country on Thursday are closing their businesses, staging boycotts, and walking out of work as part of the national “A Day Without Immigrants” strike. The protests are designed to illustrate how immigrant labor impacts the U.S. economy in reaction to President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration policies.
Over the past week, there have been numerous reports and rumors of immigration raids across the country, which has resulted in heightened concern among immigrant communities. The service industry is particularly reliant on immigrant labor, employing roughly the third of all undocumented workers. a 2008 Pew analysis. Nearly 20 percent of 2.6 million cooks and 28 percent of 360,000 dishwashers in American restaurants are undocumented workers, according to a 2008 Pew analysis .
In New Orleans, several restaurants and markets have closed as part of the strike. Central City Mexican eatery and live music venue Casa Borrega announced on Facebook that it would be “closing today in soladarity (sic) with all immigrants and refugees on this Day Without Latinos.”
Likewise, Latin grocery chain Ideal Market has shuttered nine of its New Orleans-area locations, posting a statement to social media.
Elsewhere around the country, workers have staged walk-outs causing restaurants to shutter due to staffing issues.
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