Immigrants and allies in the State of Iowa declare themselves on strike and rally to create awareness about anti-immigrant rhetoric and legislation engulfing our nation and state.
The movement is calling on the entire community to join in the fight for protection, dignity, and respect for the immigrant community. “ A Day Without Immigrants” is an opportunity for supporters to unite to send the message that immigrants contribute and fuel the growth of Iowa’s economy
This Thursday, February 16 at 11am Iowa immigrants and citizen allies will gather at “La Placita” which is the Spanish-speaking business center of the East Side of Des Moines, and starting at noon march five blocks to the state capital The main theme of the gathering is “La Lucha” or “The Struggle” which depicts the spirit of unity needed to resist policies that break up productive families, terrorize workers with raids, and coerce religious and public institutions to work with ICE.
This movement is welcoming people from all political parties and ideologies to stand up to recognize that the State’s economy depends on immigrants at a moment in time when state legislators propose legislation such as House File (HF) 265 which instigates fear and despair by prohibiting cities and counties in Iowa to interfere in allowing local law enforcement officials and agencies to assist with federal immigration enforcement.