Thousands of Immigrants Didn't Go to Work to Protest Trump. How Many Were Fired?
The Left's latest anti-Trump protest effort didn't simply flop, it wreaked havoc on the lives of more than 100 of its participants.
As yet another way to decry Trump's hardline immigration stance (which a majority of the country, including Hispanics, agrees with, by the way), Leftist immigration activists called for a "Day Without Immigrants" last week, in which immigrants, whether legal or illegal, were encouraged not to go to work to prove just how valuable they are to the economy. But as NBC News was forced to admit afterward, the protest had some unfortunate results for those who willfully defied employers and ditched work.
More than 100 of the protesters in states across the country — including Colorado, Oklahoma, New York, South Carolina and Tennessee — now find themselves looking for another job because of the ill-advised "demonstration."
One of the examples of the "Day Without Immigrants" firings, reported by NBC4, occurred in Nolensiville, Tennessee, where commercial painting company Bradley Coatings, Inc., laid off 18 employees who skipped work despite being pre-warned by their employer they would be fired if they did so.
"Regretfully, and consistent with its prior communication to all its employees, BCI had no choice but to terminate these individuals," explained the company's attorney Robert Peal. "The reason these employees missed work — to engage in peaceful demonstrations — had nothing to do with BCI's decision to terminate them."
Predictably, some pro-immigrant activists are trying to drum up action against Bradly Coatings. "#BradleyCoatings just fired 18 workers for participated in #ADayWithoutImmigrants, stop buying this products," wrote one outraged activist.
But the attempt to drum up a boycott looks bound to backfire, like such efforts so often do, with far more of the response online supportive of the company's right to enforce its own employment policies:
Other cases of mass firings occurred in New York, South Carolina, Oklahoma, and Colorado, with as many as 30 employees fired at once. NBC provides a summary:
At Ben's Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers in Long Island, New York, 25 workers were fired Friday when they returned to work, according to Telemundo 47. Police escorted the workers from the restaurant — most of whom were undocumented and have worked there for years.
Local news outlets also reported that 21 employees were fired at a boat manufacturing company in South Carolina, 12 workers at an Oklahoma restaurant and 30 masonry workers in Denver. The Oklahoma restaurant I Don't Care Bar and Grill has already published a job posting looking to replace the fired cooks, NBC12 reported.
Some other anti-Trump/pro-illegal immigrant demonstrations over the weekend included the Free the People Immigration March in Los Angeles , a similar march in Dallas, and the "Not My President's Day" protests. But as of the publishing of this article, despite all the frantic activity from the Left, Trump is still president.