Day without Immigrants in Luzerne County

LUZERNE COUNTY -- On this so-called "Day without Immigrants" there were protests throughout our area, including in Luzerne County.

A popular restaurant in Wilkes-Barre Township was one of several businesses that closed for the day.

Many Hispanic immigrants in Luzerne County stayed at home Thursday as part of the national Day without Immigrants.

In Wilkes-Barre Township, La Totelca has a sign on the door that says, "we closed."

That was also the case at dozens of places in Hazleton.

Oscar Rubio is usually the one to turn on the lights at Isabel's Gifts, the clothing store he owns in Hazleton, but on this day, there are no shoppers, and he's not clocking in. He closed his store on Diamond Avenue to protest President Trump's immigration order.

"We don't like Donald trump because he's very nasty with the Latin people," said Rubio.

He's not alone. Immigrants across the country did not go to work, from restaurants to gas stations to clothing stores. It's a part of a national protest to show President Trump immigrants are hardworking and contribute to society.

"I think they are very important because they are helping the economy here in town. They are people very willing to work," said Rubio.

Just down the street at a Dominican deli, people tried walking in but the door was locked.

There was an entire block of stores on Wyoming Street with lights off and closed signs on the doors.

Many Hispanics in the city hope their message of unity demonstrates their rising role in American society.

"We love Hazleton. We have more than 30 years here, and I'd like it to go up with the Latin community and the progress," added Rubio.

Many immigrants we talked to agree the president should get immigrants who commit serious crimes out of the country, but they also say immigrants are an important part of the American economy and they are here to stay.

27 comments

  • goose

    Boycott those that condone illegal activities. If they think it’s okay to harm the community, then the community should not spend their money at those places. Coming here legally is a different story. Truth hurts, delete comments? Reeeeeeeeeeee!

    • MeAgain

      They removed them but I save these pages in archive sites now and retrieve the original posts.

      GETONBOARD
      Why weren’t the Latinos upset with Obama when he shut wet foot/ dry foot down just before he left office? Some of these businesses depicted in this article are Latino Owned.
      We actually have17% or less undocumented Latinos in the US , as compared to undocumented Hispanics.
      Either way, Many feel it was not a very wise thing to close down their businesses for the day. All the other businesses open were rewarded with more sales. Some of those customers will be loyal to them now instead.
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      FEBRUARY 16, 2017 AT 6:37 PM REPLY REPORT COMMENT

      REPOST
      Oh, it’s more cute and fuzzy, feel good, warm and cozy, blown out of proportion PC liberal bulls&/t!!!!
      It’s not against IMMIGRANTS!! It’s against unvetted, potentially dangerous and possibly sleeper cell terrorist immigrants!!
      There’s a difference. But sorry trump farted when he woke up this morning, I know you have to protest that.
      This is the level of thinking of the left. They have this forced fed, one size fits all mentality.
      Obviously immigrants bring good to our country. They Can also bring bad.
      You and I, AMERICAN BORN CITIZENS can’t even get health care in this god damn country anymore without proving OUR citizenship and people are Protesting stopping immigration from countries that the OBAMA administration (your martyrs)has deemed a potential threat to American security. WHY ARENT YOU PROTESTING OBAMACARE? That’s what needs protesting!
      Wake the phyk up morons!
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      FEBRUARY 16, 2017 AT 6:11 PM REPLY REPORT COMMENT

      ANTHONY
      In regards to your reporting of the day without immigrants. The problem here is the “bleeding hearts” over “commonsense ” and the LAW! LEGAL imigration is welcomed and accepted by ALL! ILLEGAL, undocumented imigration, especially “UNVETED” imigration is insane in the world we live in! This is ALL propoganda! My great grandparents came from Europe legally through Ellis Island! ALL were examined by doctors, screened for illnesses and diseases of that day and time, learned the pledge, learned basic ENGLISH! And, we cannot ask of this today?! IT SHOULD BE FECKIN DEMANDED OF!!! I, and many like me stand with President TRUMP! You people are all pathetic! You people don’t understand the difference between LEGAL and ILLEGAL! All you ignorant people know how to do is pull at the heart strings! Sorry! Its NOT going to work! And, these business that closed will probably will write the day off as a loss in taxes… that is if they are LEGAL! Maybe, they should all be audited by the IRS, ICE! Just saying!
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      FEBRUARY 16, 2017 AT 6:04 PM REPLY REPORT COMMENT

      TRUCK DRIVER
      Carnahan and Ciavarella got away with kids for cash because the local media took orders from the DNC. If there were real protests there would have been pictures of it. Fake local news
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      FEBRUARY 16, 2017 AT 5:53 PM REPLY REPORT COMMENT

      BACK TO ?
      Wnep or shall I call them cnn for short has become one of them! They are no longer for a democracy! They along with the rest of the fake news should be shut down! Maybe we should repeal the constitution where it says freedom of speech and put in freedom to speak the truth only! I then would sit back and see the unset of liberal slaughtering!
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      FEBRUARY 16, 2017 AT 5:42 PM REPLY REPORT COMMENT

      JIMMY122
      Who cares? Its ILLEGAL immigrants that need to be deported. People who pay thousands to learn our government and follow the rules to be citizens should have been protesting Obama’s open borders. Illegals don’t respect our country, make demands. Its puzzling why WNEP is so intent on its glorification of immigration that is in direct violation of federal law.
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      FEBRUARY 16, 2017 AT 5:18 PM REPLY REPORT COMMENT

      SC
      you people just dont get it….it is NOT the (legal/documented) that is the concern of responsible conservatives….it is the NOT-legals.
      for pete’s sake….just go through the process, get your card, become naturalized and become proud americans and wuit stealing.
      17 0 Rate This
      FEBRUARY 16, 2017 AT 5:08 PM REPLY REPORT COMMENT
      A BEAUTIFUL DAY!
      Can we do this holiday 365 days a year? It looked like 1960 again in Hazleton. It was a beautiful sight.
      23 1 Rate This
      FEBRUARY 16, 2017 AT 5:06 PM REPLY REPORT COMMENT

      SC
      give me a brake…..
      5 0 Rate This
      FEBRUARY 16, 2017 AT 4:51 PM REPLY REPORT COMMENT

      WARNINGFAKENEWS
      Apparently the liberal weekend person is starting a day or two early this week. No one minds having some immigrants, heck, we need them. ILLEGAL is the part we don’t like and UNVETTED is the part we REALLY can do without.
      Did ya notice? President Trump is MARRIED to one. SO glad the adults are in charge now.
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      FEBRUARY 16, 2017 AT 4:48 PM REPLY REPORT COMMENT

      SC
      warningfakenews….these people are out of their minds. they yearn for chaos and anarchy while screaming coexist with fists clenched. (they are not the peaceful ones). they are the intolerant ones. I have a multicultural family of immigrants and NONE of US think undocumented-illegals should be given a free ride, free health care, work tax free and/or steal someone elses tax id/ss# for big returns, get food stamps or welfare, send 20%-40% of their income back to their own country to retire early and wealthy while we slave and live in eternal debt.
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      FEBRUARY 16, 2017 AT 5:04 PM REPLY REPORT COMMENT

      MR
      What can I say to this… If I work hard and get my money, I can do whatever I want with them, so if I want to retire to my country is my decision and nobody’s business
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  • WarningFakeNews

    1. When Obama temporarily banned immigrants from Iraq, this station and the left were silent.
    2. When Obama deported illegal immigrants, this station and the left were silent.
    3. When ICE under Obama conducted raids, this station and left were silent.
    When we elected a president who stated his goal was to help make America safe again by curtailing illegal immigration mainly by enforcing the laws already on the books, and by setting up procedures for being more careful who we let into this country, suddenly there is this outcry.

    Why do people feel ENTITLED to enter our country illegally? Why do people defend them for doing so?

    • Writer Girl

      Question #1–Because they’re pompous losers, taking the easy way out. Question #2–Because lots of people are stupid and uninformed and just have this “everything for everyone” mentality, some think will win them accolades on earth and in heaven. Fools.

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