Sometimes, a meme is worth a thousand words. Ever since the Day Without Immigrants protest was announced for Thursday, Feb. 16, #DayWithoutImmigrants tweets and memes have been popping up on social media left and right. Ever since the demonstration began, hundreds of immigrants and their allies have skipped work, closed their businesses, donated to nonprofits that support immigrants, and taken to the streets to protest against President Donald Trump's anti-immigration policies.
It's been less than a month since Trump signed an executive order to prohibit immigrants and refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. The numbers aren't out yet in terms of how many people are going to take part in Day Without Immigrants protests, but reports indicate that numerous restaurants, grocery stores, and other businesses are participating throughout the nation. On Feb. 13, thousands of Latinos and their supporters came out for a Day Without Latinos, a similar strike in Wisconsin to increase the visibility of Latinos in America that have helped shape the country.
The fact that people have organized noticeably impactful protests in such a short amount of time says a lot. Clearly, the American people understand that this nation was built by immigrants and immigrants help to make America great, even if Trump and his administration don't think so. Here are 11 memes that show how important the Day Without Immigrants protest really is:
2A Lesson On American History, In Case You Forgot
3Just Trying To Tell It Like It Is, Plain And Simple
4But Actually Though
6It's Time to Stand Up, Fight Back
7A Reminder Of What Hillary Clinton Stands For
8Tell 'Em, Cher
9So This Is What A Compassionate World Is Like
10Chances Are, You Know Someone Who's An Immigrant
11Refugees Are Welcome Here!
The message of a Day Without Immigrants is not that hard to understand, folks. All it takes is a little empathy.