Across the US today, February 16, "Day Without Immigrants" protests have sparked, encouraging immigrants to stay home from work and school, refrain from shopping, and opening businesses. A poster has made its way through social media announcing details about the protest — but there is one aspect of it that many are overseeing.
The movement, "Day Without Immigrants," is dedicated to celebrating all hardworking immigrants, both documented and undocumented.
The top of the poster reads:
"All undocumented, residents, citizens, immigrants from all over the world."
In 2014, the US population was made up of 42.4 million immigrants, according to the Migration Policy Institute. When considering US-born children and their immigrant parents, there are about 81 million people who are immigrants or of immigrant descent.
In other words, it’s likely you or someone you may know has foreign roots. But on Twitter, there is confusion about the true significance of the day.
It isn’t about drawing a line between legal and undocumented immigrants.
come from diverse backgrounds. There are countless stories that are distinct
from each other about the journey to the US. Regardless of how it happened,
every immigrant came to have a better life and for that they are grateful.
"Day Without Immigrants" isn’t about giving up. Immigrants are working in every corner of the US, as mailmen, cashiers, teachers, farmers, actors, cooks – you name it, they’re doing it.
Donald Trump has been outspoken about creating more American jobs because of his shared belief that immigrants are stealing jobs.
It’s important for people to understand the true meaning behind a “Day Without Immigrants.”
People come from all countries and continents to the US, not only Mexico and Latin America. There are over 300 languages spoken in the US that can be heard within feet of each other. Diversity is what makes the US distinct from other countries.
Immigrants and children of immigrants want others to accept their differences as well as understand the importance of their presence in the country.