PHOTO: Donald Trump's travel and immigration policies invoke large national protest. (Photo via Flickr/MJWein)
The Donald Trump effect on travel has been, well, huge. The latest chapter in an unfolding saga of border stops, protests and executive orders is a day without immigrants.
Thursday marks another pivotal moment for those who take offense with Trump’s now halted travel ban and ongoing immigration policies. It’s that precise travel ban that has welcomed a wave of activism, activism that, on Feb. 16, resembles desertion.
Nearly a month after the famed Women’s March, Immigrants will stay home all over the nation, leading to a significant number of shuttered businesses and restaurants.
While tourists flocking into the country will not be greeted by a ghost town, they will have to do without some establishments possibly on their respective itineraries.
They might even run up against images such as this one at Philadelphia’s Zavino:
Sign posted on door at Zavino at 13th and Sansom. Restaurant will be closed today for 'Day without Immigrants'. pic.twitter.com/VpuPQIXpRW— Katherine Scott (@KScott6abc) February 16, 2017
As USA Today tweets, the campaign will be widespread, taking place in cities such as Washington D.C., Austin and Philadelphia.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports more than a few Twin City businesses will be closed for the day as well. As of that report, 20 local restaurants will shut the doors in the hopes of making a point.
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NPR cites a report from Danielle Karson from their Los Angeles Newscast unit: “Thousands of immigrants are skipping work; not shopping; not eating at restaurants; buying gas, or sending their children to school.”
The report also noted famed chef Jose Andres would close his restaurants. He tells NPR: “It was a very easy decision. When you have employees that have been with you almost 25 years, and they come to you in an organized way and they tell you, 'Don't get upset but Thursday we are not coming to work,' [the] next thing you ask is, 'What's going on? What's happening?' So I decided to join them and support them — that's what we're doing.”
Rick Bayless will also close his doors in Chicago:
Out of respect for r staff's vote to support Thurs's immigrant civil action, we r closing Frontera Grill, Topolobampo,Xoco & Fonda Frontera— Rick Bayless (@Rick_Bayless) February 16, 2017
The impetus behind such a dramatic show is, as NBC New York states, a multifaceted one: “The protest comes in response to President Donald Trump and his 1-month-old administration. The Republican president has pledged to increase deportation of immigrants living in the country illegally, build a wall along the Mexican border, and ban people from certain majority-Muslim countries from coming into the U.S. He also has blamed high unemployment on immigration.”
The travel ban and the administration’s vigilant immigration policies have turned into a nationwide pact with employers and immigrants—legal as well as undocumented—who have decided to stay home for the day.
Travel into the United States has proved difficult for some in the last few weeks, but if you get here on Thursday, you may just find that some portions of the nation are closed for business.