Feb. 16 Will Be a ‘Day Without Immigrants’ In D.C. | Sojourners

Feb. 16 Will Be a ‘Day Without Immigrants’ In D.C.

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On Feb. 16 immigrants in Washington, D.C., plan to go on strike from work and other economic engagements, creating a “Day Without Immigrants,” just as immigrants in Wisconsin did on Feb. 13, reports the Washingtonian.

A flyer advertising the “Day Without Immigrants” calls for immigrants to avoid shopping, going to work, and eating at restaurants.

The protest comes not long after President Donald Trump’s executive orders to limit immigration, discourage the protection of undocumented immigrants from authorities, ban refugees, and begin the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border — notorious campaign promises Trump made during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Fusion reports that Maria Castillo, an activist in Wilmington, N.C., has encouraged her community to join in D.C.’s protest, and that the protest may be widespread throughout the U.S.

The company Accounting and Consulting Resources, based in Tacoma, Md., has announced that they will close on Feb. 16 to support the “Day Without Immigrants.”

At the D.C.-based restaurant Bar Pilaf, several members of the front-of-house staff plan to give their tips to the entire kitchen staff, all of whom are slated to protest.

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