NewsPolitics ‘A Day Without Immigrants’ protests close some NYC restaurants, stores The "A Day Without Immigrant" protest will take place in New York City on Feb. 16, 2017. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Spencer Platt By Nicole Brown firstname.lastname@example.org Updated February 16, 2017 9:02 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Immigrants protested President Donald Trump’s policies on immigration by not going to work or school on Thursday. The “A Day Without Immigrants” protests, which were spread by word of mouth and on social media, took place in New York City, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston and other cities. They were in response to Trump’s vows to crack down on illegal immigration and his executive order, since suspended, to temporarily block entry to people from seven Muslim-majority countries. “To the president: Without us and without our contribution this country is paralyzed,” read a poster promoting the protest that was widely shared online. The actions also followed a series of federal raids last week in which more than 680 people illegally in the country were arrested, raising alarm among immigrant rights’ groups. Showing solidarity with their immigrant employees, a number of restaurants and stores in New York City were closed Thursday. The owners of the Blue Ribbon restaurant chain said they would close several eateries. “It’s really a show of support for our staff, and as a team and a family as a whole,” said co-owner Eric Bromberg. Dziupla, a Polish restaurant in Williamsburg, said it would close as well. “We are proud to stand with the individuals and businesses participating in this boycott, yet immensely saddened that a protest of this nature is even a necessity,” the owners wrote on the restaurant’s Instagram. “Our restaurant, our city — our very nation was built by hardworking immigrants.” Other participating restaurants and stores included: Frankies 457 Spuntino and Prime Meats in Brooklyn Hampton Chutney Co in Little Italy The Press Shop in lower Manhattan Colson Patisserie in Park Slope and Industry City Westville Hudson in Hudson Square The Dram Shop in Park Slope 51st Bakery and Cafe in Long Island City The Beatrice Inn in the West Village Black Forest Brooklyn in Fort Greene Chalk Point Kitchen in SoHo Dough Doughnuts in Manhattan and Brooklyn La Contenta on the Lower East Side La Sirena in the East Village Land Thai Kitchen on the Upper West Side PURE Thai Cookhouse in Hell’s Kitchen Tapestry in the West Village Eataly tweeted that it supports any of its employees who participate in the protest, but will remain open. With Reuters By Nicole Brown email@example.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.