Day Without Immigrants Boycott Having An Impact In North Texas

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NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The nationwide Day Without Immigrants movement is being felt in North Texas. Organizers are encouraging immigrants to boycott their jobs, businesses and keep their children out of school. The purpose is to show how migrants are crucial to the economy and American way of life.

The call for protests and boycotts comes in response to President Donald Trump’s policy proposals and crackdown on immigration. Trump has pledged to increase deportation of undocumented immigrants, build a wall along the Mexican border, and ban people from certain majority-Muslim countries from coming into the U.S.

Carlos Quintanilla of Accion America in North Texas says there’s no marching or loud protesting involved. All that’s required to participate is to stay home and don’t shop.

“We stay at home. We read a book. We share time with our family. We celebrate love and peace with them. We talk about the importance of immigration. We talk to them about the realities of what is going on,” he said.

While the day of protest encourages that children stay home from school in solidarity, some Dallas parents said that was a hard decision to make.

One mother said she considered it but chose to take her son to kindergarten. “School is important for him and I know if I don’t bring him to school, the way his routine is, would throw him off balance,” she said.

The mother said if people really wanted the day to make an impact that everyone, regardless of race, would stay home and boycott.

But the Day Without Immigrants is being felt in North Texas schools. Administrators with the Fort Worth Independent School District report elementary school attendance rates are down about 35-percent.

The boycott also had an impact on the airwaves. La GRANDE 107.5’s morning show, Chiquilin Todas Las Mananas, was not on the air today to show solidarity with the immigrant community.  Instead, the radio hosts took the show on the road and broadcast via Facebook Live from the streets of North Texas. One of their stops was at El Rancho restaurant, which is closed today to also demonstrate support. The show will return to the air tomorrow.

As for boycotting work, economic experts say staying home could really hit people in low wage jobs hard and as a result could affect the results of the movement.

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  1. I am so sick of the phrase “illegal immigrants”. Immigrants are not illegal. Illegals are criminals.

    1. John Allen says:

      Immigrants should not worry…Illegal Immigrants should go back and do it legally… They reason why the don’t is it cost money..

  2. So illegal immigrants have removed their children from school to make sure they miss more education and get behind? What a win!?!?……………….. sounds pretty estupido to me, but I’m just a legal American so I guess I wouldn’t understand.

  3. Gilley Estes says:

    I have no problem with immigrants. Our country was founded by immigrants. I have a problem with ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. If you are here legally, welcome to the US of A. If you are here illegally, please return to your home country and return after you follow the laws of the country to which you wish to immigrate. If you aren’t here legally, then you should expect to be rounded up by ICE and sent home. If you want to come back, do it the right way like millions of others do each year!

    If I was to enter another country illegally (which I wouldn’t) I would expect to get caught eventually and sent home. You should expect the same in my country!

  4. FAKE NEWS = Illegal immigrant. REAL FACTS = Illegal alien. Based on the law of the United States the illegal alien is a criminal. I welcome all immigrants to the United States seeking a better life. The difference immigrants follow the law to become U.S. citizens and work here legally.

  5. Can the extend the boycott to life meaning for ever

  6. Jeff Mathews says:

    So, if the texas schools were down 35% in attendance because the illegals stayed home, just think how much better the LEGAL children would be able to be educated with 1/3 less non english speaking kids in class? Send the illegals home!

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