Thursday was the national “Day Without Immigrants” protest, an event where immigrants of all statuses walked out of their jobs and schools and protested President Donald Trump. The protest was like candy to the liberal Big Three networks, all of which conducted full reports. “There were protests and walkouts across the country today aimed at demonstrating immigrants' impact on this economy,” announced anchor David Muir on World News Tonight, “It comes after a week of sweeps by immigration authorities and hundreds of arrests.”
“It was all in solidarity with immigrant workers who say President Trump's deportation policies threaten their livelihoods and their future in this country,” touted Jericka Duncan on CBS Evening News. “Organizers here in Philadelphia say at least 80 restaurants shut down or had limited service because of the Day Without Immigrants protest. Scott, another event is being planned already for May 1,” she continued to hype for anchor Scott Pelley.
During NBC Nightly News, reporter Gadi Schwartz glorified the massive amounts of students who skipped school to take part in the anti-Trump protests:
Schools also seeing a drop in attendance. Some seeing more than half of students missing class. Walkouts across the country including Dallas where students at Malina High School formed an impromptu mariachi band. A teacher tweeting these photos saying only 7 out of 26 students showed up. Her teachable moment to give a lesson on Cesar Chavez as tens of thousands send the message that America is a nation of immigrants.
ABC’s Clayton Sandell played up the story of Jeanette Vizguerra, an illegal immigrant who committed a felony by using a fake social security number to get a job. “After 20 years, in the U.S., Vizguerra is now a targeted to be deported,” Sandell fretted, “She’s seeking sanctuary in the basement of this Denver church, hoping she won't be torn away from her kids.”
“Vizguerra says she will stay in this Denver church until the U.S. government tells her she can walk free. She knows that day could be a long time,” he warned.
ABC and CBS both spotlighted stories of various business owners who were looking to stick it to the President. “It’s necessary that we do things to resist the kinds of changes that are being brought upon us by the Trump administration,” a doctor told Sandell. On CBS, a restaurant owner, and husband of an illegal immigrant described the nationwide protest as the people just flexing a muscle.