The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

A Day without Immigrants

Feb 20, 2017

On Thursday, February 16, thousands of immigrants across the country stayed home from work and school and demonstrated in “A Day without Immigrants.”

In Chicago, immigrants organized a demonstration and march of about 1,000 people. Hundreds demonstrated in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Boston. Detroit had about 150 demonstrators, and even Newark, New Jersey had perhaps 100.

Demonstrations of a few hundred or perhaps a thousand people may not sound like much. But they protested in a climate aimed at terrorizing them.

Trump has promised to deport all eleven million undocumented immigrants, and to build a wall. He bragged about the people he did deport. That immigrants organized and demonstrated against these threats can only be a good thing.

This Day Without Immigrants by itself will not back Trump off or stop the threats against immigrants. But for people who participated, it took courage. It showed that there are people ready to refuse Trump’s obscene fear-mongering. For them and their communities that can be something to build on.