You may have noticed yesterday that some of your local businesses were closed for the day. A grassroots protest called a Day Without Immigrants called for immigrant workers and business owners to take the day off and take to the streets. Around the country, thousands of people took to the streets in protest, something that seems to be becoming routine these days.
The 26.3 million foreign born people, both documented and undocumented, working in the United States make up 16.7% of the US workforce, according to a USA Today factsheet. Undocumented workers who took the day off on Thursday had a large effect on the construction and restaurant industries.
CNN Money reported:
In 2015, 1.8 million restaurant workers in the U.S. were immigrants, versus 6.3 million who were native born, according to the most recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And analysis by Pew Research found that about 1.1 million of the industry’s workers were undocumented in 2014. That makes the industry second only to construction when it comes to relying on undocumented workers.
Boston was not immune to these protest. Many businesses shut down for the day. And even Boston’s newest hit, Eataly, showed solidarity.
This is just another example of the movements that have unfolded since President Trump took office. Immigrants have been it clear that they will be heard. As the banner above Sumner Tunnel said, “This country was built by us! This country depends on us!”