After Day Without Immigrants protests where immigrants across the United States skipped class, work and shopping on Feb. 16 as a symbolic gesture to show their importance in the country and speak out against recent immigration raids, 12 workers at a restaurant in Oklahoma have been fired for participating.
All Latino immigrants, the fired workers were sent notice of their firing through a text message from the owner of the I Don’t Care Bar and Grill in Catoosa, Oklahoma, which read: “You and your family are fired. I hope you enjoyed your day off, and you can enjoy many more. Love you.”
The employees had been working at the grill for almost two years, when it first opened.
“They feel like they’ve been unfairly terminated,” one friend translated for the employees, as reported by Raw Story.
(They’re) upset they stood for something they felt was necessary so the community would stand together, and they got terminated for that.”
In addition to skipping out on activities, the day also saw protests in Boston, Chicago, Houston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. cities.
“For one single day on a weekday, we must come together and unite in absolute resistance in order to reject the system dictating the launch from dehumanization and blatant oppression of those that are not straight, white, natural-born citizens,” said one of the protest’s social media posts.