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How Businesses Are Reacting to Nationwide ‘Day Without Immigrants’ Protest

“Unum strongly support ‘day without immigrants’ & after discussing with our staff we will be OPEN,” the restaurant’s Instagram page said. “Without them, our small businesses would crumble. She told CNN her parents came from Mexico City 35 years ago, and that her entire family was on strike Thursday. “Hispanic food is my all-time favorite, and not being able to have it is just tragic,” she told CNN. That makes restaurants second only to construction when it comes to relying on undocumented workers. “My parents were once immigrants, so it was really important to be part of this boycott,” she said. “We feel our customers should gain first hand knowledge and realize how important, hard working and dedicated our immigrant staff work every day and what it is like without them. In 2015, 7.1 million restaurant workers in the US were immigrants, compared to 5.1 million workers who were native born, according to the most recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But she said she supports the owners’ decision. “It made me proud to support a business that is standing up for such an important cause,” she said. How would the US fare without immigrants for a day? A Philadelphia business is closed as immigrants across the U.S. “My heart is so happy!” Arcos tweeted. “Dear Matt, kale salad is ready,” the protesters wrote on a note for their boss. “Fruit salad just needs blueberries + mint. “I don’t think anything could replace (immigrants) and how great different cultures are.”
DC restaurant supports boycott — by staying open
Just over a mile from the White House, the upscale restaurant Unum supported the boycott by keeping its doors open. 37.090240

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Striking Employees Do Extra Work Ahead of Day Without Immigrants Strike to Keep Washington Cafe Open
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L.A. Unified Urges Students and Teachers Not to Join ‘A Day Without Immigrants’ Protests “We have three prep cooks on strike today for ‘A Day Without Immigrants.’ They are all parents worried about their families and futures,” Carr told CNN. class “so much less dreadful.”
But this Thursday morning, a sign at the bakery read, “Thursday is going to be closed.”
Hamwi said the strike made her think about the importance of immigrants in her life. “As immigrant business owners, we proudly stand in solidarity.”
Customer Z. Hernandez visits the Dough several times a week and was surprised by the sign. So the night before, Arcos said, she nervously texted her bosses at Makeup On The Go Cosmetics in Dallas, asking if they would join her in solidarity. “We’re a very small business, and without them we would not be able to open today,” he said. “Please note that we will be closed on Thursday February 16th in support of our immigrant staff’s desire & right to protest and be part of “A day without immigrant strike,” the owners posted on a sign. (Credit: Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)
Cities across the country got a taste of that Thursday as businesses shut down and immigrants refused to spend money on “A Day Without Immigrants.”
It’s an effort to show the Trump administration how much immigrants contribute to the country’s economy as the President continues his tough stances on immigration. As for undocumented workers, an analysis by Pew Research found that about 1.1 million of the restaurant industry’s workers were undocumented in 2014. And while many immigrants and business owners refused to work in an act of solidarity, others marked the event in more unorthodox ways. But before those workers went on strike, they made sure the business was taken care of. E Pluribus Unum — From Many, One.”
New York: Immigrant business owners unite with immigrant employees
Manhattan’s Dough doughnut shop shut down not just because the immigrant employees went on strike, but because the business owners are immigrants, too. skip work on Thursday as part of a ‘Day Without Immigrants’ campaign on February 16, 2017.. Thank you, The ladies of the kitchen.”
Carr said he appreciates the dedication of his employees. Restaurant industry could be devastated
While a wide array of businesses feel the impact of losing immigrant workers for a day, the restaurant industry would be crippled without them. Oranges are cut. The full-time student said the cheese empanadas make her 8 a.m. Here are some of their stories:
Restaurant workers do ‘double the work’ in advance
Matt Carr, owner of the Little Red Fox restaurant in Washington D.C., had no problem letting his immigrant employees strike on Thursday — even though they’re vital to his business. They granted her wish. “They not only gave me a heads-up about the strike, but did double the work yesterday so we would be in good shape today.”
Carr said he’s “holding down the fort” by also washing dishes and preparing food. “We will be closed tomorrow!” her bosses responded. “Immigrants are the backbone of this country and the heart and soul of the service industry,” he said. He said his business would fall apart without his immigrant employees, who come from Venezuela and Guatemala. They are also part of our family here at Little Red Fox, and I, too, am worried about their future under this administration.”
Nervous employee asks bosses to join in
As the daughter of Mexican immigrants, Eunice Arcos wanted to join the strike Thursday. The college student broadcast the support from her employer on Twitter. Customer: Nothing can replace immigrants
Every Tuesday and Thursday for the past five years, Hiba Hamwi picks up breakfast at Pan American Bakery in Rosslyn, Virginia.

Trump Takes Wide Range of Questions, Denounces Media in Lengthy News Conference

“I’m here again, to take my message straight to the people. “Russia is fake news.”


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As Trump Pushes for U.S.-Mexico Border Wall, Experts Prefer Fencing The leaks are absolutely real. While it was a marked contrast with the normal dynamics of a presidential news conference, the East Room show was vintage Trump. He touted his own poll numbers, victory over Hillary Clinton and discussed cable TV ratings and panel discussions. To be honest, I inherited a mess. “We have made incredible progress. (Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)
It will immediately go down as a stunning moment in modern American political history, as presidents have rarely betrayed such a sense of anger and grievance so graphically or so early in their administrations. How many times do I have to answer this question? “I have never seen more dishonest media, frankly than the political media,” Trump said, later slamming leaks to the press from the intelligence community — some of which led to the resignation of his national security adviser Michael Flynn. At home and abroad, a mess.”
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Trump was repeatedly pressed on whether his campaign staff had been in contact with Russia. And saying he resented picking up newspapers and turning on the television to hear reports that his White House was in chaos, Trump said, “This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine.”
Trump’s appearance betrayed apparent deep frustration not just with the media coverage of his White House and a desire to talk directly to the American people but also possibly dismay with aides charged with defending him. Trump also accused holdovers from the Obama administration of leaking out information about his alleged contacts with Moscow to hammer his administration. President Donald Trump calls on a reporter during a news conference announcing Alexander Acosta as the new Labor Secretary nominee in the East Room at the White House on February 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. “I’m here today to update the American people on the incredible progress that has been made in the last four weeks since my inauguration,” Trump said, after quickly announcing his new pick for labor secretary, Alexander Acosta. President Donald Trump launched an extraordinary denunciation Thursday of his critics and media reports that his White House is in chaos, complaining he inherited a “mess” and slamming stories that his campaign was constantly in contact with Russia as “fake news.”
U.S. Haven’t made a phone call to Russia in years,” Trump said. The news is fake because so much of the news is fake,” Trump said. The general impression was of a president who is deeply frustrated at the way his new White House is being portrayed and who had decided to take matters into his own hands with a dramatic intervention. “I don’t mind a bad story if it’s true,” Trump said, but complained much of what was reported about his administration was unfair. Russia is a ruse. It’s a mess. “Nobody that I know of. “I own nothing in Russia, I have no loans in Russia, I don’t have any deals in Russia,” Trump said. I have nothing to do with Russia. As you know, our administration inherited many problems across government and across the economy. “The leaks are real. I don’t think there’s ever been a president elected who in this short period of time has done what we’ve done,” he said.

Art Pieces Created by Immigrants Removed From Wellesley College Museum in Massachusetts

Not only was the painting created by Adolf Ulrik Wertmüller, an immigrant who came to the US in the 1790s, but the work was also donated to the Davis Museum by an immigrant family. Starting Thursday, Feb. 42.293068
-71.308583 16, 2017 and lasting through President’s Day weekend, all work created or donated by immigrants will no longer be displayed The Davis Museum at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. The museum says approximately 20 percent of the work in its permanent galleries were either created or donated by immigrants. Starting Thursday and lasting through President’s Day weekend, all work created or donated by immigrants will no longer be displayed The Davis Museum at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. “We have removed or cloaked these works to demonstrate symbolically what the Davis Museum would look like without their contributions to our collections and to Wellesley College, and to thereby honor their many invaluable gifts,” the museum said. One of the main works missing is the portrait of George Washington. (Credit: Davis Museum at Wellesley College)
Instead, curators will drape black cloth over cases, and line the walls with labels that say “Created by an immigrant.”
They are calling the initiative: “Art-Less.” And it’s meant to highlight immigrants’ impact, even in the world of art.

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Friend Accused of Supplying Rifles to San Bernardino Terrorists Pleads Guilty

since Sept. Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, died in a gun battle with police hours after the assault, which left 14 dead and 22 wounded. Enrique Marquez is shown in a court artist’s sketch during a bail hearing in federal court in Riverside on Dec. 2, 2015, attack at the Inland Regional Center. The man who purchased two rifles used in the 2015 San Bernardino terror attacks pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and making false statements in connection with the purchase of a firearm. Marquez, who admitted purchasing weapons years earlier for Farook, was the only person formally charged in connection with the shootings. 34.108345

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Striking Employees Do Extra Work Ahead of Day Without Immigrants Strike to Keep Washington Cafe Open

When you're prep cooks go on strike, but still get all their work done a day in advance because #love & #family. “We’re a very small business and without them we would not be able to open today, so they not only gave me a heads-up about the strike, but did double the work yesterday so we would be in good shape today,” Carr said. That could have been a real problem for the 3-year-old restaurant and coffee shop. Preps for ‘Day Without Immigrants’ Protest “Immigrants are the backbone of this country and the heart and soul of the service industry. Washington, D.C., restaurant owner Matt Carr says he couldn’t keep the Little Red Fox open without his immigrant kitchen staff, but he let them take Thursday off to be a part of the Day Without Immigrants strike. “When you’re [sic] prep cooks go on strike, but still get all their work done a day in advance because #love & #family. They are also part of our family here at Little Red Fox and I too am worried about their future under this administration,” Carr said. Without them, our small businesses would crumble. They also left him a note, which he posted on the restaurant’s Twitter account. He has five immigrants working for him — they come from Venezuela and Guatemala — and three are participating in the protest. He’ll be busy doing dishes and finishing up the food prep that couldn’t be done in advance. #ADayWithoutImmigrants”
The restaurant will serve a limited menu on Thursday, but Carr says the strike won’t hurt his business, because they had time to make arrangements. #ADayWithoutImmigrants
— Little Red Fox (@littleredfoxdc) February 16, 2017


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Our fabulous Entertainment Reporter Sam Rubin is one year older today!

‘I’m so Happy Today’: Thousands Become U.S. Citizens During Naturalization Ceremony in L.A.

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On Wednesday, she joined more than 6,700 people at the Los Angeles Convention Center to become a United States citizen. “I’m excited,” said Mazariego, 28, a native of El Salvador. “But with all that’s going on with politics, this also feels like an overcast day to me.”
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7-Year-Old British Girl Asks Google for a Job; Company’s CEO Responds

“Dear google boss
My name is chloe and when I am bigger I would like a job with google. Chloe Bridgewater Age 7”

-122.084057 I don’t really know what one of them is but he said a letter will do for now Thank you for reading my letter, I have only ever sent one other and that was to Father christmas. My dad said I can sit on bean bags and go down slides and ride go karts in a job in google. So, she handwrote a letter to Google, expressing her desire to work there. And she even includes references: “My teachers tell my mum and dad I am very good in class and am good at my spelling and reading and my sums.”
Obviously her parents were impressed with her take-initiative attitude, but they weren’t the only ones. My dad gave me a game where I have to move a robot up and down squares, he said it will be good for me to learn about computers. Chloe Bridgewater knew she wanted to work for the company after her dad showed her pictures of Google offices decked out with bean bag chairs and slides. I also want to work in a chocolate factory and do swimming in the olympics, I go swimming on Saturday and a Tuesday. “She lost a great deal of confidence after being knocked down by a car a couple of years ago … can’t thank such a busy person enough to take time out to make a little girl’s dream become one step closer,” Bridgewater wrote. My dad said he will get me a computer one day. I also want to work in a chocolate factory and do swimming in the olympics.”
In the letter, Chloe discusses her qualifications – she likes computers and has a tablet on which she plays games. He encouraged her to dream big writing: “I think if you keep working hard and following your dreams, you can accomplish everything you set your mind to.”
Andy Bridgewater, Chloe’s father, posted the response to LinkedIn, thanking Pichai for taking the time out to write to his daughter. Good bye. My dad told me if I carry on being good and learning then one day I will be able to have a job at google. When asked if she was available to help others work on their cover letters her father said, “Wait in line, she’s teaching me first!”
Here’s the full text of Chloe’s letter:
“Dear google boss
My name is chloe and when I am bigger I would like a job with google. A 7-year-old British girl who sent a letter to Google’s “boss” requesting a job received a response from the company’s CEO. My sister Hollie is also very clever but she likes doll and dressing up, she is 5. Chloe may not have received the job she wanted, but a personal response from Pichai isn’t a bad consolation prize. I am 7 years old and my teachers tell my mom and dad I am very good in class and am good at my spelling and reading and my sums. My dad told me to give you a application to get a job in google. I like computers too and have a tablet I play games on. After catching wind of Chloe’s “application,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote her back.

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Trump to Announce New Labor Secretary Pick

Puzder, the CEO of the company that owns the Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. fast food chains, faced fierce opposition mostly from Democrats in part related to his position on labor issues as well as the fact that he employed an undocumented immigrant housekeeper. “The man I will be announcing for labor is a star, a great person, a great person.”
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