The much-ballyhooed “Day Without Immigrants” turned out to be a day without many protestors or any political impact, but with many Mexican flags, angry slogans, and a muted social-media response by amnesty advocates.
The Thursday turnout in most cities was few hundred protestors, despite some employers shutting their workplaces. But organizers did get a turnout of several thousand people in North Carolina and Chicago. NBC described the national turnout as merely “thousands,” despite an estimated population of roughly 11 million illegals.
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) February 16, 2017
In recognition of the low numbers, the response from pro-mass immigration politicians and activists was muted. Douglas Rivlin, Director of Communication for Democratic Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez, tweeted nothing about the marches. Neither did the National Immigration Forum. Linda Sarsour, Muslim organizer of the Women’s March, simply tweeted “solidarity.”
Although the event was a political dud, the organizers will likely use it as a basis for larger, future protests.
The organizers claimed they represent roughly 31 million immigrants and roughly 11 million illegal aliens. If the organizers turned out 30,000 protestors, that represented 0.27 percent of the illegal population, and 0.097 percent of the immigrant population, most of which was at work in in school during the scattered protests. Even though employers shut their workplaces, many of the missing illegals were likely hard at work in their low-wage second or third jobs.
While there are panoramic photos of the two largest demonstrations in Chicago and Charlotte, N.C., photographs from the small demonstrations tend to be ground level and also close up. which allows the photographers to hide the small scale of a group from viewers.
— The Task Force (@TheTaskForce) February 16, 2017
Just 250 people, at most, turned out in Reading, Pennsylvania.
— Make the Road PA (@MakeTheRoadPa) February 16, 2017
Long Island also has a large immigrant population, and a major problem with MS-13 gangs, but the demonstration was very small.
— Angel Reyes Rivas (@Areyesrivas) February 16, 2017
A small turnout in Minnesota, whose population includes tens of thousands of Somalis.
— ABC News (@ABC) February 17, 2017
The growing foreign-born population in Tennesee provided a small contingent.
— Tennessee (@TEN_GOP) February 16, 2017
The turnout in Texas was very small, in a state with a huge population of immigrants and illegal aliens.
— Nicole Rosales (@NicoleRose_KVUE) February 16, 2017
There was a medium-sized turnout in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
— SeriouslyUS? (@USseriously) February 17, 2017
Here are two images of the Washington event.
The biggest turnouts were in Chicago and Charlotte, where city officials estimated the turnout at 8,000.
— agitator in chief (@soit_goes) February 16, 2017
In Chicago, one set of protestors listened to Spanish-language speeches under the flags of Mexican, Ecuadorean, and El Salvador.
— Johanna (@johannaortiz_) February 17, 2017
Pro-American immigration reformers noted the failure of the protests.
The problem with a general strike is that if it doesn't actually work, it exposes its organizers as paper tigers. #daywithoutimmigrants
— (((Mark Krikorian))) (@MarkSKrikorian) February 17, 2017