**Note** I have taken some of the text below from the KPBS news website.
The restaurant will not open until 3:00pm today due to the Immigrant rallies today in Balboa park. There has been a lot of talk about the status of Immigrants in the U.S in past few months. I know that it made the news in Ireland because of the high number of ‘undocumented Irish’ in the U.S. Some people are calling today ‘the day of the worker’ other are calling it ‘the day of the immigrant’
There are elections this year for U.S Congress so this issue has divided the parties and led to a lot of squabbling. There are an estimated 12 million people living illegally in the U.S. About 40,000 of them are Irish.
Boycott organizers want amnesty and eventual citizenship for illegal immigrants. They predict many of America’s major cities will grind to a halt as primarily Hispanic immigrants walk off their jobs, skip school and attend massive rallies.
KPBS a couple of weeks ago spoke with a linguist about the language used when referring to Immigrants.
It was interesting to note that there is even debate about the words. Should people be referred to as ‘Immigrants’ or ‘Alien’ or ‘Illegal’. These words are more likely to be used when referring to Hispanic people. The Irish are more normally referred to as ‘undocumented’.
Business owners are being asked if they will fire people who do not turn in to work today. A lot of business support the cause saying that these people have a right to protest and that they won’t be fired. When asked if they were hiring ‘illegal immigrants’, business leaders said that they hired people who had the right documentation. Where that documentation came from is not their business.
Americans are being asked to support the rallies and to not make any purchases today. Andrea is supporting this, she has taken Peanut and Jelly sandwiches to college today. Yum Yum!
I'll update later on how things progress.