Thursday marked another major protest against Trump. This time, “A Day Without Immigrants” gave America a small taste of what the country would be like if Trump continues to deport millions of undocumented people, build his wall on the Mexico border, and ban people from select majority-Muslim countries.
Protesters promised not to go to work, send their kids to school, or make any purchases of any kind. Actions were planned in major cities like Philadelphia, Washington, Boston, and Austin, Texas, but the turnout on Thursday was all across the country.
In the sanctuary city of Philadelphia, hundreds participated.
“Our goal is to highlight the need for Philadelphia to expand policies that stop criminalizing communities of color,” said activist Erika Almiron. “What would happen if massive raids did happen? What would the city look like?”
CNBC reported that it was not only smaller businesses that closed Thursday. For example, some McDonald’s customers were surprised to find their local franchise closed. In the Washington area, the New York Time’s reported that a few dozen restaurants decided to close their doors in support, putting the hurt on the Beltway. Blue Ribbon restaurants in New York also joined in protest. Notably, famous Chef José Andrés joined and closed his numerous restaurants. He pulled out of an agreement to open a restaurant in a new Trump Hotel near the White House in 2015 after Trump denigrated Mexican immigrants.
— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) February 14, 2017
— TheWifeOfPablo (@OptimusCrime69) February 16, 2017
Given that this major protest started without any organization from national groups, it is remarkable to see how it has transformed this day across America.
America without immigrants isn’t America at all.
For scenes from Thursday’s protests all over America, see the Tweets below:
— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) February 16, 2017
— ABC News (@ABC) February 16, 2017
Powerful photo from the "A Day Without Immigrants" boycott in Detroit. pic.twitter.com/GLm2465P2o
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) February 16, 2017
Hundreds of people march along W. Vernon Hwy. in Detroit after "A Day Without Immigrants" rally in Detroit. pic.twitter.com/FLmEOa4twT
— Ryan Garza (@ryangarzafreep) February 16, 2017
— Business Insider (@businessinsider) February 16, 2017
Protesters in East Boston unfurl banner reading “Un Dia Sin Inmigrantes” (A Day Without Immigrants) https://t.co/jLuyKhF1np
— Christina Prignano (@CPrignano) January 26, 2017
— Jeff Saperstone (@JeffNBCBoston) January 26, 2017
— Eduardo Samaniego (@EduSamani) February 16, 2017
— TRUEXCRIS ? (@truexcris) February 16, 2017
— Stefanie Ponte WBTV (@stefanie_ponte) February 16, 2017
— Dedrick Russell WBTV (@dedrickrussell) February 16, 2017