As the persecution of immigrants continues in our nation, “A Day Without Immigrants”, has quickly risen to popularity and encourages all to support migrants in these testing times. The protest calls for immigrants, whether naturalized citizens or undocumented, to stay home from work or school, close their businesses and not spend any money, as a way to protest the Trump administration’s stance on immigrants. The purpose is to show the economic power of immigrants in our nation and how we should support them and not push them way.
The protest spread quickly via social media in communities, as immigrant communities fear the backlash from the Trump administration. Select companies are supporting the protest as they see the value in their employees who are participating; so much so some are closing for the day. People want their voices to be heard and one of the most effect ways to do that is with money. LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis says “immigrants, regardless of legal status, contribute 40 percent of LA County’s gross domestic product: almost $300 billion a year.”
Some people are criticizing the protest because it encourages kids to stay home from school and miss out on a day of learning. No matter how you feel about the protest, it is another clear sign of how the current administration is bringing minority groups to a boiling point. So before you decide to kill some time at Target today, reconsider your purchase. Stand in solidarity with other human beings who are fighting for the same ideas, the opportunity for a better future.