Saturday, December 9, 2023

“A Day Without Immigrants” Campaign Calls on Immigrants to Stop Work, School, and Spending on Feb. 14th to Push for Immigration Reform

February 14th is usually a day that everyone associates with love, hearts, and chocolate. However, a campaign called “A Day Without Immigrants” is looking to use the date to raise awareness about the importance of immigrants and their contributions to this country.

The campaign was created by Carlos Eduardo Espina, a Mexican-Uruguayan immigrant studying law at the University of Nevada, who wanted to show people the impact that immigrants have in this country – and just how much they’re needed.

It calls on immigrants from all over the country to stay home on February 14th, and to refuse attending work, spending any money, or even taking their children to school.

Since immigrants help keep this country’s economy on its feet through labor and consumption, the plan is to make their absence felt by scheduling this protest on one of the biggest capitalist holidays.

The main goal is to push Congress to pass immigration reform for more than 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S.

“We’re not going to work. We’re not going to school. We’re not going to spend money. Instead, we’re peacefully going out to the streets to make our voices heard,” Espina explained.

Even though President Biden promised to create “a clear roadmap to legal status and citizenship for unauthorized immigrants” during his campaign, those plans have still not come to fruition.

Espina has also called for people to gather in a rally in front of the White House at 10:00 am. If none of these options are viable, he believes immigrants should refrain from using social media for the day.

“Biden is similar to Trump in regard to immigration policies,” Espina said, “we want someone to fight for us in the White House.”