Have you ever wondered what America would be like without immigrants? On May 1, 2006, businesses and schools across the country found out. Thousands of immigrants skipped school and work for the day to march against proposed immigrant laws. Organizers of “A Day Without Immigrants” requested all who were against the new immigration laws to show their effect on America’s economy by refusing all forms of trade. Rallies were held in: Chicago, Illinois; New York, New York; Los Angeles, California; San Francisco, California; Atlanta, Georgia; and Denver, Colorado.
The New York metro area, which includes the suburbs, added 1 million immigrants from 2000 to 2006. Without these immigrants, the area would have lost nearly 600,000 people.