HOUSTON — Some Houston-area businesses were impacted by Thursday’s “Day Without Immigrants” movement, which encouraged immigrants to not conduct business or go to school on Feb. 16.
Several local restaurants had signs on the door saying they were closed for the day.
The grassroots “Day Without Immigrants” movement to boycott President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown was promoted nationwide on social media in the days leading up to it.
Tacos A Go Go manager Raul Delira said the business made the decision to close all three of its locations to show support to its nearly 100 employees.
“My people are not going to lose their jobs. We support them, and we’re here for them” said manager Raul Delira. “There’s been people who have been with us many years. They deserve to be here. They’re hardworking people.”
It wasn’t just restaurant’s participating in “A Day Without Immigrants”. Supernova furniture closed its doors Thursday, posting on Facebook: “Mr. President, U.S. is the greatest country in the world, but this country would be nothing without immigrants, it was built by immigrants. Let our people live in peace.”
The grassroots movements proved to be a contentious topic for those with different viewpoints.
“Sure, we like to go to restaurants and have our things prepared. We like to have our lawns mowed, but at the end of the day, they’re having a negative impact too,” said Drew Beeson. “They say all these people are paying taxes. That’s not true. They’re getting fake social security numbers. They’re not really paying. That’s the big lie that’s out there that people don’t understand.”
KHOU 11 News spokes with a handful of people who said their employers would not give them the day off for the boycott. They said their employers “threatened to fire them” if they didn’t show up for work.