NEW YORK — Immigrant workers across the country are planning to strike Thursday to demonstrate their importance to American society.
The protest was set in motion as the Trump administration continues to pursue hard-line enforcement policies that advocates fear will disrupt communities and the economy.
While the majority of the strike is expected to take place in Washington, D.C., protests in major U.S. cities across the nation are also being carried out Thursday.
Blue Ribbon restaurants in NYC, including Blue Ribbon Brasserie, Brooklyn, Sushi, Sushi Bar & Grill, Sushi Izakaya, Hi-Bar, and Downing Street Bar, will be closed Thursday in support of their employees, according to their website.
At least three protests are expected to be carried out in New Jersey, according to New Jersey immigrants’ rights group, New Labor.
New Labor organizers will demonstrate in Lakewood at 9 a.m., followed by another in New Brunswick at 1 p.m. and third in Newark at 3 p.m.
In Perth Amboy, officials have urged residents to plan for several local restaurants and bodegas to be closed as part of the protest. City cab companies are also expected to be out of service and officials say residents should plan accordingly.
In Danbury, Conn., more than 50 Hispanic-owned businesses are expected to be closed Thursday for the strike.
Organizers in Philadelphia told the Associated Press they expect hundreds of workers and families to participate.
On Wednesday, the hashtag #ADayWithoutImmigrants began to trend on Twitter. Some announced their plan to stand in solidarity with immigrants. Other said this was a chance to deport illegal immigrants.