Many immigrants couldn't afford to skip work yesterday for 'Day Without Immigrants'

Yesterday's 'day without immigrants' turned out to be kind of a dud.  While thousands of immigrants skipped work or school to protest, many of them couldn't afford to skip a day of work.

Some people didn't even know there was a protest taking place.

The LA Times makes it seem like yesterday was an important day with the headlines like, "Day Without Immigrants' resonates across Los Angeles, even if many still go to work."

It might have "resonated" in Los Angeles, but in cities like Detroit, Washington, D.C., and some cities in Texas, the day wasn't anything special.  It was just another day of work.

In heavily immigrant local communities such as Maywood, Lynwood, Bell, and Cudahy, businesses were open like nothing was going on.

Flower shops, beauty salons, taquerias, car washes and more were all open.

One store owner in Maywood forgot about the protest, and then closed her shop when she remembered:

"I just came back from Mexico and totally forgot.  We need to support this movement.  We need to stay united."

Bell pet store owner Richard Choi said he could't afford to take the day off, even if he wanted to:

"I'm going out of business.  I've been opening my store seven days a week. I'm exhausted.  I can't close."

40-year-old Rosie Garcia showed up to work as well to provide for her family:

"I'm the kind of person that doesn't miss work.  I show up because I want my boss to know I'm reliable.  I work out of necessity.  I have three children. … [If] I don't work we won't have enough for rent and food."

Garcia also made her kids go to school yesterday:

"I didn't agree with the notion that they shouldn't go to school.  I mean, how does that benefit children? They're going to be sitting at home watching TV, doing nothing. It's like setting them back."

It looks like yesterday didn't do anything.  People need to work and support their families.  

And another thing, was yesterday about all immigrants or illegal immigrants?

Once again, the LA Times blurs the line.

Read more at the LA Times.

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