Monday, May 01, 2006

A Day Without Immigrants

Today, across the country, rallies and marches were occuring to protest the proposed immigration reform. In Denver, around 50,000 people participated in a march to the capital building. Immigrants and their allies were encouraged to wear white, march, stay home from work and not to purchase anything. A number of businesses in the metro area closed or accomodated the requests of their latino employees. I was unable to leave work, but the staff wore white and refused to purchase anything today. We had just one employee who marched with her immigrant fiance, and just having one person gone impacted us. I wonder how many other businesses were drastically affected. I hope this provides a wake up call to our lawmakers that immigrants do create a positive impact on the American economy, and we could not be the country that we are without them.

1 comment:

Vanessa said...

Yes, you are correct. But they are likening the protest to the American revolution. are they attempting to toss us our? when is there a line drawn in national identity? i am not saying make them felons, but to have a national anthem in spanish and to liken their battle to the one fought against the british colonists may be taking a bit too far, don't you think?