Ya-Marie Sesay | Staff Writer
Some protestors that participated in the “A Day Without Immigrants” boycott and march returned to work the following day without a job. Employees that did not show up to work last Thursday in states such as Tennessee, Florida, New York, South Carolina, Oklahoma, and Colorado were fired from their jobs.
Employees at Bradley Coatings Inc. in Nashville, Tennessee were warned not to participate in the event or their jobs would be terminated, according to NBC4. Eighteen employees were laid off according.
The company’s attorney Robert Peal wrote a statement saying, “Regretfully, and consistent with its prior communication to all its employees, BCI had no choice but to terminate these individuals. The reason these employees missed work—to engage in peaceful demonstrations—had nothing to do with BCI’s decision to terminate them.”
In the state of Florida, Grace Community School in Bonita Springs, two employees claimed to have been fired. According to the school, no employees were terminated due to the immigration protests.
Ben Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant and Caterers in New York fired 25 employees according to Telemundo 47. Many of the fired employees were undocumented citizens that have worked for the restaurant for years. However, when they returned to work on Friday, they were escorted from the restaurant. The “Day Without Immigrants” boycott across the nation in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Detroit and other cities.
Protesters did not attend school, or work, and many restaurants owned by immigrants were closed for the day.
The protests showed how much of an impact immigrants have on the U.S. economy due to President Donald Trump’s immigration act. Organizers of the protests in Philadelphia told CBS “Our goal is to highlight the need for Philadelphia to expand policies that stop criminalizing communities of color,” said Erika Almiron, executive director of Juntos, a nonprofit group that works with the Latino immigrant community.
“What would happen if massive raids did happen? What would the city look like?” “People also do not realize how much of an impact immigrants play in the economy, I completely support the cause and I hope it has a great affect. It’s sad that people were fired for standing up for what they believe in. It just shows the countries true colors,” said Fatmata Kamara, a sophomore nursing major from Maryland.
Protests continued throughout the weekend, with a Free the People Immigration March in Los Angeles last Friday and President’s Day Weekend March and Rally in support of immigrants and refugees in Dallas on Friday.