Restaurants in Burien go dark in solidarity with ‘Day Without Immigrants’

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On Thursday, Feb. 16, you may have noticed that your favorite Mexican – or minority owned – restaurant(s) in Burien were closed, making it tough to get your favorite authentic taco or burrito.

That’s because local restaurant owners turned off their lights and shuttered their doors in solidarity with Thursday’s national “Day Without Immigrants” protest against the Trump administration’s policies toward them.

Of Burien’s 50,467 residents, 36.5 percent are minorities, with nearly 21 percent identifying as Hispanic or Latino.

And just over 32 percent of all businesses in Burien – 1,193 – are minority-owned, according to the US Census Bureau.

Here are photos showing just a few of the ones that were closed in Burien Thursday (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Taqueria El Rinconsito on Ambaum & SW 151st Street:

Taqueria La Estacion (14820 Ambaum Blvd SW):

Burger Broiler (119 SW 148th Street; same owners as El Rinconsito):

Tienda La Victoria (14900 Ambaum Blvd SW):

The protest called for immigrants – whether naturalized citizens or undocumented – to stay home from work or school, close businesses and refrain from shopping.

While there was no known national group behind the protest, it was heavily shared on social media.

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7 Responses to “Restaurants in Burien go dark in solidarity with ‘Day Without Immigrants’”
  1. Haters gonna Hate says:

    WOW! Way to go El Rinconsito and Burger Broiler. Two of my favorites in town. La Estacion is also a keeper.
    It is important to acknowledge that some of the most successful businesses which we enjoy here in Burien have been founded by,immigrants. They produce revenue for the city, the state and the federal government. Most importantly they provide employment to many workers who then spend the vast majority of those paychecks right here in our community continuing to circulate through this local economy.
    Immigrants Make America Great, not xenophobia and divisiveness.

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  2. Sean says:

    That makes a lot of sense, Protest a nations laws by continuing to throw temper tantrums. I love how our answer is to protest and boycott any one we do not agree with.
    Not to mention after seeing the restaurants that were closed now I know why I never even noticed it was happening.

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  3. Wondering says:

    This may come as a surprise to some of the 63.5% majority of citizens of Burien, but unless you are 100% Native American, someone in your ancestry was an immigrant.
    I am very proud of our immigrants, who have come here sometimes not knowing how to speak English and established homes, families and businesses. I’m not sure that I would have been able to do so. I will continue to support these businesses and any others owned and run by immigrants. Thanks to all of you!

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    • Sean says:

      Nobody has a problem with legal immigrants. Its the illegal immigrants that are the problem.

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      • Mysty Beal says:

        Oh, really?!? How are they the problem? Are they taking jobs from you: apple or asparagus pickers, stoop labor in the fields, landscapers, senior home workers – jobs you would never do, and wouldn’t be hired for anyway. And just how did your grandparents get into this country legally? If you’re white and of European extract, then they probably passed a lice test and survived the trip on a steamer. Knock off your hatred of poor brown people…you’re no better.

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      • Seahurst resident says:

        Exactly. You can’t open a business as an illegal immigrant, so another example of the widespread hysteria.

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  4. Terri Schist says:

    I didn’t see any change in a day without immigrants.

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