Business returned to normal for ports and other businesses
across the country following a day of immigrant protests on Monday, May 1.
The Associated Press estimated that about 1.1 million
people participated in marches, demonstrations and rallies throughout the
country – with the biggest crowds gathering in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago.
The port complex of Los Angeles and Long Beach saw almost no
truck activity on May 1, but managed to stay open anyway. Theresa Adams Lopez,
spokeswoman for the port, told “Land Line Now” that the trucks were back in
business on Tuesday, May 2.
The so-called “Day Without Immigrants” was organized
primarily by Hispanic groups to protest proposed legislation that would make
being an illegal immigrant – or hiring an illegal immigrant – a felony crime.
Several businesses, including Goya Foods, Tyson Foods and
Cargill Inc., closed down some operations on May 1 and allowed their Hispanic
workers to take the day off without Penalty, according to The Wall Street
Goya had suspended deliveries everywhere in the U.S. except Florida in a show of solidarity, according to The AP. The protest also shut down
29 branches of Chipotle Mexican Grill, a Denver-based restaurant chain owned by
The actual cost of the protest to the U.S. economy remains a subject of debate. The AP reported that, while some businesses
suffered minor setbacks, most were prepared for the walkout and were back to
normal on Tuesday.
One industry that was hit hard was the construction industry
in Florida, The AP reported. More than half of the workers at
construction sites in Miami-Dade County did not report to work.