Day 24 – Stranger Love

Exodus 22:21

“Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt.”

On February 16, 2017, thousands of immigrants participated in a national work stoppage called “A Day Without Immigrants” to demonstrate how important immigrants are to the U.S. economy and to protest the president’s proposed “Wall” and deportations.  The restaurant and fast food industry was particularly affected by the ‘strike’.

Three days earlier, thousands of immigrants took to the streets of Milwaukee, WI, in what was dubbed “A Day Without Latinos.”  They were protesting Sheriff David Clarke’s efforts to turn the county police into ICE agents.  The Wisconsin dairy industry has come to depend upon the contribution of Latinx immigrants from dairy farms to cheese factories.

While some employers supported the national and local actions, others took action of their own, firing employees that did not come to work that day.

Questions for Reflection

What effect do you think “A Day Without Immigrants” and “A Day Without Latinos” have on those who make decisions about immigration policy and/or enforcement?

What impact, if any, did it have on you?

Do you think work stoppage actions make the general public more or less empathic to the conditions and needs of immigrants?  Why?

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2 comments

  1. My general thought on how “A Day Without Immigrants” had on employers and the general public has much to do about the emotional, deep-seated feelings we have regarding immigrants/immigration. If people stand with the immigrants and their situations, the impact was a positive experience. If people agree with tougher immigration laws, wanting fewer and fewer immigrants in the work force, then the march had a negative impact. I know people on both sides and people who don’t care one way or the other.
    My question is, if immigration laws are stricter, do we ‘white’ Americans want to take over the jobs vacated by the loss of the immigrants? There would be jobs available, but how many of us would apply for these jobs? 🤔

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