This past Thursday, the “A Day Without Immigrants” protests took place nationwide to bring attention to the contributions that immigrants bring to the workforce in the United States. Thousands of protesters did not go to work and others did not go to school.
The protests were in response to the White House’s plans to build a border wall, threats to withhold federal funding to sanctuary cities, and the ban on nationals from 7 countries for up to 90 days.
Some of the protesters who took off work to participate have been fired.
Lexington County, SC (WLTX)- Twenty one people were fired after taking part in the Day Without Immigrants Protest.
The movement closed restaurants and shops across the country to show the contributions immigrants have on the American workforce.
Juvenito Quintana and 20 others all missed work on February 16th and right the next day, they got a letter from Encore Boat Builders LLC in Lexington.
The letter said they were being terminated for no show/ no call in. Their last day listed as February 16th, the day of the protest.
Quintana says some employees got calls from management the day before telling them not to miss or else they’d lose their job. That’s why he said a lot didn’t call in, for fear.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A total of 18 people were fired from a Tennessee business after joining the nation-wide protest “A Day Without Immigrants.”
The 18 employees at Bradley Coatings, Incorporated in Nolensville, Tennessee told their supervisors on Wednesday they’d be taking part in the nationwide movement. Then, on Thursday, they were told they no longer had jobs.
“We are the team leaders directly under the supervisors and they informed us last night that we could not go back to work and the boss said we were fired,” one employee said.
CATOOSA, Okla. (KTUL) – A dozen workers at a Catoosa restaurant are without a job after getting fired for skipping work as a show of support for “A Day Without Immigrants.”
The restaurant workers are all Hispanic and say it was important to them to participate in the national protest.
But they didn’t think it would cost them their jobs.
“They feel like they’ve been unfairly terminated,” said a friend, translating for the employees.
The group worked at I Don’t Care Bar and Grill in Catoosa. They talked to us after they were fired for not showing up to work. They asked us not to show their faces or give their names.
Some businesses closed their doors in support of their employees and the movement:
— Arun Luthra (@ArunLuthra) February 15, 2017
— ABC News (@ABC) February 16, 2017
This happened when I went to get a bagel this AM. Both my go-to spots closed today for "A Day Without Immigrants" pic.twitter.com/4r9wH8Sr4X
— Jordyn Phelps (@JordynPhelps) February 16, 2017