A Day Without Immigrants: List of Cities & Businesses Participating

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: People, many of whom are undocumented, attend a Valentines Day rally organized by the New York Immigration Coalition called "Love Fights Back" on February 14, 2017 in New York City. A series of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids throughout the New York City area last week has sent fears of deportations throughout New York's heavily immigrant communities. According to a 2013 study by the City Planning Commission, nearly 40% of the city's population of 8.2 million is foreign-born. During his campaign President Donald Trump stated that he would deport those with a criminal conviction and in America illegally. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

People attend a Valentines Day rally organized by the New York Immigration Coalition called “Love Fights Back” on February 14, 2017 in New York City. (Getty)

Immigrants across the country are going on strike and protesting today, February 16, as part of a “Day Without Immigrants.” They are skipping class, missing work, and not shopping in response to President Donald Trump’s pledge to increase the deportation of undocumented immigrants. To participate, all you have to do is skip school or work in solidarity with other immigrants. However, if you want to know if others in your area are participating, we have details below. The Day Without Immigrants doesn’t appear to have one Facebook page or website coordinating all the protests and strikes across the nation. So if you want to find out if anyone in your area is participating, and you don’t see a name in the list below, your best bet is to search Facebook for “Day Without Immigrants” and your city’s name.

Not everyone is supporting the Day Without Immigrants strike. For example, on this Facebook event page, commenter Marc Galliard wrote, “You don’t get it. I am the son of an immigrant. We support legal immigration. So does Trump.” Another person, Ely Gonzalez, responded, “Have you not been following the news? The Trump-Bannon squad makes no distinction.” Others pointed out that they couldn’t participate because they were out of sick days or vacation days and couldn’t risk losing their jobs. In some cases, people who want to participate but can’t are donating part of their wages to workers who are going on strike today and some business owners are donating profits to organizations that offer legal help to immigrants.

Here are cities and states, and businesses including local restaurants that have already said they are participating. These are in alphabetical order by state. If you see any that we missed, let us know in the comments below. Plans are constantly changing, so if you see something that should be on this list but isn’t, let us know in the comments below.


Arizona Restaurants Are Participating

Arizona has seen some restaurants pledge to participate. For example, chef Silvana Salcido Esparza of Phoenix is closing three of her restaurants: Barrio Cafe, Barrio Urbano, and Barrio Cafe Gran Reserva, USA Today reported.


In Colorado, Denver & Breckenridge Restaurants Are Closing

In Denver, Colorado, Westword reported that restaurants planning to close include Adelitas, Palenque, Maria Empanada on South Broadway and in the Denver Tech Center, along with several restaurants in Breckenridge.


Expect Participation in Illinois Too

Rick Bayless tweeted that his four Chicago restaurants will be closed today: Frontera Grill, Topolobomp, Xoco and Fonda Frontera.

According to ABC7, 17 businesses in west Aurora will be closed, including La Villita.

A protest will take place in Union Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Some Kentucky Stores & Businesses Are Participating

In Kentucky, some students are planning to not attend school and some businesses are planning to participate, WKYT reported. These include Moda Y Deporte clothing store, which will be closed.


Massachusetts Finds Support in a Local Museum

In Massachusetts, the Davis Museum at Wellesley College is planning to remove or shroud all artwork that was created by or given to them by immigrants, Fox reported.


Some Minnesota Restaurants Are Closing

You’ll find some participation in Minnesota too. According to Huffington Post, Melissa Silva-Diaz is closing El Burrito Mercado in St. Paul for the day after talking with employees.

About 14 Lake Street businesses in Minneapolis also plan to participate, Melissa Colorado reported. These include Las Mojarras, Panaderia San Miguel, La Alborada, Mercado Central, Avandaros, Mi Boleto, La Poblanita, Intermaco, La Hacienda, La Mexicana, Los Ocampo, El Nuevo Rodeo, Merlins Rest (kitchen closed) and Gorditas El Gordo.

In Twin Cities, Mesa Pizza announced on Facebook that it will close all three locations for the day.


New Mexico Schools Are Pushing Back

In New Mexico, public schools aren’t being as supportive, Fox reported. Principals with Albuquerque Public Schools told parents in a letter that students need to attend every day and students protesting will receive an unexcused absence.


In New York, Blue Ribbon is Closing

In New York, quite as few restaurants are planning to close, including Blue Ribbon Restaurants with seven locations and over 500 employees, New York Eater reported.


Pennsylvania Will Participate

In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, quite a few businesses are planning to close for the day. Carmen Guerrero told Philly.com that 20 businesses in Montgomery County, Philadelphia, Allentown, and King of Prussia pledged to join the strike, including restaurants, beauty salons, Mexican specialty stores, a caterer, and a roofing company. David Suro, owner of Tequilas Restaurant in Philadelphia, told Fox that he was planning to participate. According to Huffington Post, Benjamin Miller is closing El Compadre for the day, and Stephen Starr and Jose Garces will remain open but not punish any employee who chooses to participate.

In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a rally and march is taking place from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Eastern.


Texas Is Seeing a Big Turnout in Austin

(Facebook/Samuel Gonzalez)

(Facebook/Samuel Gonzalez)

Austin, Texas expects to see a big turnout from restaurants and food trucks, Austin 360 reported. These include: Beto’s Mexican Restaurant, 3518 E. Seventh St.; El Borrego de Oro, 3900 S. Congress Ave.; Casita Nicole Antojitos Mexicanos, 9618 Manchaca Road; El Milagro Tortillas; Los Catrachos, 1015 E. Braker Lane; Mi Cocina,  948 Payton Gin Road; Las Delicias,  111 W. William Cannon Drive; Hay Elotes, 2214 E. Seventh St.; Kyoten Sushiko, 4600 Mueller Blvd. #1035; La Mexicana,  1924 S. First St.; La Placita, 5310 S. Pleasant Valley Road; Mi Tradicion, 8716 Research Blvd.; Regia Bakery, 1909 US 183; Rinconcito Chapin, 8911 N. Lamar Blvd.; El Secreto de la Abuela, 817 Airport Blvd.; Super Moreliana, 6112 US 183; Sweet Sweet Co.; Taco More North, 9414 Parkfield Drive; Tacos Lylys, 9318 N. I-35; Taqueria Adelitas, 5501 S. Congress Ave.; Taqueria Arandinas, 2110 E Riverside Dr.; and Taqueria los Jaliscienses, 1815 W. Ben White Blvd.; and Home Slice Pizza in Austin.

Other businesses that can’t close are participating by donating some of their proceeds to local immigrant legal services.

Bryan, Texas is also seeing businesses participate, KBTX reported. These include La Botana and Yolanda’s Boutique & More.


Washington, D.C. / Maryland / Virginia Business Owners Plan to Participate

Washington, D.C. may see the biggest turnout. Chef Jose Andres, for example, is closing all his restaurants for the day except China Chilcano. Pizzeria Paradiso founder Ruth Gresser is closing her stores in Georgetown and Old Town Alexandria, Eater Washington D.C. reported. Compass Rose is supporting employees who want to strike and is planning for limited deliveries as a result, the Washingtonian reported. Bar Pilar expects to be down 17 employees and will swap out their regular menu for a more limited latin American selection in support. Others on staff are giving their tips to absent employees.

Meanwhile, health-food chain Sweet Green said it would close all 18 stores in the DC-Maryland-Virginia area. And Busboys & Poets also plans to be closed, USA Today reported.

The news about stores and restaurants planning to close is constantly changing. If you know of any that should be added to this list, let us know in the comments below.

 

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39 Comments

MICHAEL

THE IMMIGRANTS I DON’T WONT ARE THE ONES THAT PUT THE KORAN AND IT’S BELIEVERS BEFORE OUR CONSTITUTION, THAT IS ALL, JUST THOSE DIRT BAGS. . . . . .

Jimmy

So then your a Constitution Hater and a Hater of the Bill of Rights that guarantees Freedom of Religion. I see. Get out of America you Anti-Bill of Rights Hater. Go back to wherever your ancestors came from you Anti-American! After so many American military have died to protect that freedom, Asshole Anti-Americans like you need to leave and go back to whatever cave your family crawled out from before America created a country that guarantees Freedom of Religion. Moron!

up yours

The USA will come to an end if we do not keep catering to immigrants .
America will cease to exist if we do not give free college tuition to green card holders and immigrants .
The United States will come to an end if we stop giving welfare two immigrants and there children.
America will come to an end if we start helping american-born children.
America will come to an end if we gave free college tuition to american-born children .
America will come to an end if we do not help our fellow Americans living under a bridges and on the streets of this great country .
America will come to an end if we stop helping illegal immigrants and helping US vets.
The sky is falling ,Chicken Little the sky is falling ! if we do not continue to give illegal immigrants a free hand out.

Kv123

I can already tell your level of education just by looking at how awful your grammar is. Exactly what “free handouts” are you giving out?

up yours

I don’t care about gramma !

I don’t care what you think either !

To me you’re just words on the screen !

Your insults are nothing but wind Through the Trees !

What bothers me is that american-born children are being discriminated against illegal immigrants and green card holders !

So up yours ( kv123 ! ) .

rickdday

American born children come in all colors and sizes. But of course to you “American” is code talk for “white like me”.

Since when did you start worrying about immigration, about the time Trump told you to, or was it earlier with Rush Limbaugh?

up yours

Who made the distinction of color ?
You did !
A child cannot defend themselves, a child of any color is still a child.
I’m always worried about children !
I never mentioned anything about black, white, yellow ,gray, blue ,green !

It’s people like you that make me sick to my stomach.

Trying to twist my words into your own agenda .

The problem with you rickdday ! you have your head so far up your ass ,you can’t see because of all the shit in your way !

So up yours ( rickdday ! )

Anonymous

What is amusing is these racist leftists think that “immigration” made this country great. If the number of bodies in a place make something great, why is china so f/up? What about india? Bangledesh?
It’s our founding documents that put the individual first, then government, that make America a great country. And these “negative rights” as the leftist socialist obama calls them are what leftists hate. They want to keep bringing in enough illegals, enough bodies so they can change the documents to make government the master and the individual its servant.

Anonymous

If you are an “illegal” you are not entitled to public services or college tuition, you dumbass!! Check your facts straight.

up yours

Yes ! Immigrants and green hard holders ,under California Bill 540 tuition cost or free. Dumbass !!!

So up yours ( Anonymous ! ) .

Marina

That’s the best you can come up with?
Chicken Little? I bet your CHICKEN Little butt is SCARED that Latinos are on the rise..

Anonymous

I thought the Hispanic people would be happy there’s a new wall that can write on.

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