DC Restaurants Are About to Experience What a Day Without Immigrants Feels Like

While DC restaurants prepare for a possible shortage of workers, some say the strike won't largely impact restaurants.

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Feb 15 2017, 9:12pm

Earlier this month, we reported on the Yemeni-American bodega strike that saw thousands of NYC deli owners and workers shut down their businesses for a day of prayer and protest. Now, following last week's nationwide Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids, in which more than 600 people across 11 states were arrested, reports are emerging that numerous Washington, DC-based restaurants are preparing for a "Day Without Immigrants" strike to take place this Thursday.

The strike would be part of a movement that appears to be spreading across the US, and may culminate in a nationwide strike planned for April 28, organized by a group called A Day Without Immigrants. The strikes call on Latinos and immigrants to stay home from work in protest of President Trump's increasingly polarizing stance on immigrants.

Information about Thursday's DC strike has spread through Facebook, Spanish-language flyers, and word of mouth. The plan is for immigrants to stay home from work and to stay out of stores, restaurants, gas stations, and schools—all in an effort to reveal the economic impact of an America without immigrants. "Mr. President, without us and without our contribution this country is paralyzed," says one flyer.

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