Dozens of people, including construction workers and restaurant staff, reported being fired after staying at home on Thursday February 16, 2017. The protest aimed to highlight the contribution of immigrants in the US. One employer said his staff would have to “pay the price” of standing up for what they believed in. Jim Serowski, of JVS Masonry in Commerce City, Colorado, said “They were warned, ‘if you do this you’re hurting the company, and if you go against the team you’re not a member of the team’,” The exact number of workers that were fired was never reported.
Businesses and schools all over the US faced widespread disruption on Thursday as workers and students took part in a strike over President Donald Trump’s hard-line stance on immigration. Thousands of people are expected to attend further demonstrations on Monday February 20, 2017 to coincide with the US Presidents’ Day holiday, with Mr Trump expected to return to Washington from his Mar-a-Lago beach retreat in Florida.