A Day Without Immigrants Proves How Important Our New American Neighbors Are

Image courtesy of Chris Lewis

February 16, 2017 is “A Day without Immigrants,” or “Un Día sin Inmigrantes,” in which many immigrants across the country have called for an immigrant shutdown of sorts to prove to President Trump that without immigrants in our community, we all lose – immigrants are what make America great!

The immigrant community is calling for a work stoppage by not showing up for work, or buying goods, or attending school, or opening their business.

Several businesses have shut down operations for the day. Acclaimed chefs Jose Andres and Rick Bayless have closed their restaurants in solidarity. Compare Foods, which carries food products from South and Central America, in North Carolina has closed all seven of its locations for the day. Spanish-language channels Univision and Telemondo have shut down for the day.

In New York City, several restaurants, businesses, and shops like EatalyDulce De Leche Bakery, and Lenwich are closed today or otherwise offering limited service due to immigrant employees participating in the work stoppage. Restaurants in Hampton Bays, Southampton, and Bridgehampton are also closed in solidarity.
Immigrants on the East End will be protesting today in Hampton Bays from 2 to 5pm in support of “A Day Without Immigrants” as well as in solidarity with Daniel Ramirez Medina, the DACA recipient currently arrested and detained by ICE in Seattle.
Our own Laura Lemus, Special Projects Coordinator, has chosen to stand in solidarity with her fellow immigrants and is not working today. and it has impacted Long Island Wins. And, of course, her presence in the office was missed. Today Long Island Wins is without a vital staff member, and it is likely that many companies and businesses are feeling this same work slowdown.

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