Chef José Andrés is himself, an immigrant, who only became an American citizen in 2013.

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José Andrés Is Temporarily Closing His DC-Area Restaurants In Support of Immigrant Protesters

Chef Andrés is among those participating in the “Day Without Immigrants” strike in Washington D.C. on Thursday
Chef José Andrés is himself, an immigrant, who only became an American citizen in 2013.

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Chef José Andrés is himself, an immigrant, who only became an American citizen in 2013.

Chef José Andrés will be closing the doors of his Washington, DC, restaurants for the day this Thursday in support of the “Day Without Immigrants” mass protest occurring all over the country. The movement began in Washington, but has spread nationwide, as immigrants in the restaurant, hospitality, and service industry plan to walk out en masse, to protest the harsh immigration crackdowns during the Trump administration. 

The protest, which is similar to the “Day Without Latinos” walkout that was staged in Milwaukee earlier this week, will call attention to the importance of immigrants as workers and laborers in the American economy. Workers are encouraged to call in sick and refrain from consuming or buying anything. 

Other businesses have reported that they will be closing their doors tomorrow in solidarity:

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You can get a full list of participating restaurants here.