McDonald's locations across the United States are shutting down on a "Day Without Immigrants."
On Thursday, organizers in cities across the country encouraged immigrants not to show up for work or patronize businesses, to show how crucial they are to the American economy.
According to reports on social media, some McDonald's locations are feeling the impact and have been forced to close for the day.
"I was going to stop at McDonald's for breakfast, but it's closed," one Facebook user from New Jersey wrote. "I hear it's closed because this is the day immigrants are taking off as protest to Trump's immigration law. I was annoyed at first until I realized why it was closed. Now I'm in full support of anything that goes against Trump and his ilk."
Tried to get a cup of coffee at McDonald's, closed. Went to next one, closed. I don't need coffee. #DayWithoutImmigrants 👊🏻— ❄️ReginaSmith❄️ (@regina_smith67) February 16, 2017
"Just FYI. Today is immigrants day," another Facebook user from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma wrote. "In spirit of it the McDonald's on Douglas off the highway is closed. True story. Enjoy your day."
Okay I'm affected by this somehow. The McDonald's where I have breakfast is closed. Very unusual! #DayWithoutImmigrants— Doctor💎 (@SQLAmerica) February 16, 2017
It is unclear if franchisees purposefully closed their locations. However, in at least in one instance, it seems that workers simply did not show up.
The "Day Without Immigrants" protest comes in response to President Donald Trump's plans to build a wall along the US-Mexico border, as well as his promise to pass more aggressive deportation policies. The protest also addresses Trump's executive order banning immigrants from seven majority-Muslim nations from entering the US, a ban which was frozen but Trump has said he plans to rewrite.
By refusing to work, immigrants involved in the protest attempt to demonstrate how exactly the US would be impacted by increased deportations and new immigration policies.
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