ST. PAUL, Minn – Senator Foung Hawj (DFL- St. Paul) stood alongside his immigrant friends, family and constituents on Thursday in solidarity with the ‘Day without Immigrants’ boycott. Many businesses and restaurants throughout St. Paul and Minneapolis joined in on the boycott by closing their doors in support of employees and a protest against President Trump’s immigration ban and his proposal to build a wall. Sen. Hawj released the following statement about Thursday’s protest.
“I am proud to be an immigrant, and I tell all of my constituents to be proud of their backgrounds and experiences. Diversity is the strength of our nation and continues to make East St. Paul a wonderful place to call home. Today’s boycott happening all across our country and state is sending a powerful message. Immigrant aggregate income, or buying power in Minnesota is $7.2 billion. Immigrants built this country, and they continue to shape and add value everywhere they live, work and create businesses. There is no place in Minnesota for President Trump’s hateful rhetoric.”