Today immigrants are taking a stand against Trump in their own unique way. Today is “Day Without Immigrants” day, and organized event in which cities across the country encouraged immigrants not to show up for work or patronize businesses, to show how crucial they are to the American economy.
To the surprise of many people, many McDonald’s locations across the US have shut down due the the shortage of staff.
“I was going to stop at McDonald’s for breakfast, but it’s closed,” one Facebook user from New Jersey wrote. “I hear it’s closed because this is the day immigrants are taking off as protest to Trump’s immigration law. I was annoyed at first until I realized why it was closed. Now I’m in full support of anything that goes against Trump and his ilk.”
Another Facebook user from Oklahoma wrote:
“Just FYI. Today is immigrants day. In spirit of it the McDonald’s on Douglas off the highway is closed. True story. Enjoy your day.”
— Juárez ? (@RogerDaJuiceman) February 16, 2017
This is what democracy looks like. Immigrants are doing this in response to President Donald Trump’s plans to build a wall along the US-Mexico border, as well as his promise to pass more aggressive deportation policies.