Chains including Starbucks, Taco Bell, and Burger King have shut down their Pentagon locations on the “Day Without Immigrants.”
On Thursday, organisers 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.
That has impacted fast-food restaurants in the Pentagon, including Sbarro’s, Starbucks, Taco Bell, Qdoba, Burger King, and Freshens, according to Reuters reporter Yeganeh Torbati.
According to The Washington Examiner’s Jamie McIntyre, other restaurants remain open.
A number of restaurants and other business that have closed up shop across the country to support the protests. Additionally, McDonald’s locations across the country have been forced to close for the day, likely due to lack of workers.
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.
Starbucks, Burger King, & Taco Bell among 7 restaurants closed at Pentagon because of “Day Without Immigrants Strike”. Other eateries open
— Jamie McIntyre (@jamiejmcintyre) February 16, 2017
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