Today is a day in protest of law enforcement.
Organized protests are planned in cities across the United States today as restaurants close and migrant workers refuse to show up to work or boycott businesses in “A Day Without Immigrants.”
The one-day strike is being held in opposition to President Donald Trump’s enforcement of immigration law against illegal immigrants.
Awareness for the campaign is being spread on social media as #DayWithoutImmigrants is trending.
— Diego Hernandez (@diegohdezx) February 16, 2017
— Janet Murguía (@JMurguia_NCLR) February 15, 2017
At least 12 restaurants in Philadelphia, 60 restaurants in Washington, D.C., 20 restaurants in the Twin Cities, and many more in New York City and other metropolitan areas of the country are closing their doors or adjusting their menus.
— Katie Marzullo (@KatieABC7) February 16, 2017
— SEVEN10 (@BryBryNewin) February 15, 2017
— L. Joy Williams (@ljoywilliams) February 16, 2017
It’s not just restaurants. In Perth Amboy, NJ all taxi companies will be out of service today. According to USA TODAY, the Davis Museum at Wellesley College in Massachusetts will remove or cover up all artwork created or given by immigrants given to the museum through Feb. 21.
Immigrants across the country are being urged by this campaign to stay home from work, stay home from school, abstain from shopping, and show up at anti-Trump rallies today.
— ANTONIO ARELLANO (@AntonioArellano) February 16, 2017
The media is characterizing these boycotts and protests as a response to the president’s “crackdown” or “roundups” of illegal immigrants and his proposal to build a border wall. Of course, all the president has done is enforce standing immigration law and arrest sex offenders, drug dealers, gang members, and other violent illegal aliens. So the targets of Trump’s policies are those individuals who have broken the law, not legal immigrants.
Which means …
The businesses that are closed today are effectively admitting they're breaking the law.
— Mo Mo (@molratty) February 16, 2017
But liberals don’t care about laws they don’t like. And they twist reality to fit their worldview.
People who say they're not against immigration, just against "illegal" immigration, fail to realize there's no legal way for them to come in
— Jorge Guajardo (@jorge_guajardo) February 16, 2017
Tell that to these folks.
I am a legal immigrant. I will proudly go to work tomorrow to serve my community. Grateful to my new home, the USA #DayWithoutImmigrants
— Mere Observer (@rbd1982) February 16, 2017
#DayWithoutImmigrants As a legal immigrant, this is pissing me off. It took years to get citizenship, nothing was handed to me.
— Wanderer (@montgotravel) February 15, 2017
As a LEGAL immigrant, I WON'T be taking part in any strikes or marches... instead I'll be at work earning my keep! 🇺🇸#DayWithoutImmigrants
— Jon Rutter (@JonRutter3) February 16, 2017
#DayWithoutImmigrants I'm a legal immigrant and I plan to contribute today as I always do by working and providing jobs to my employees
— GiGi-TrumpLatina (@TrumpLatinos) February 16, 2017
And therein lies the problem with this protest. No one acknowledges the hardworking men and women who complied with the law to immigrate into this country. They are left out and ignored by the Left, which protests the enforcement of our laws against violent criminals and those that broke the law.
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in Politics and Economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are Conservative Political Philosophy, the American Founding, and Progressive Rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations: @ChrisCPandolfo