Last Thursday, a nationwide protest and boycott called “A Day Without Immigrants” asked immigrant laborers to stay home from their jobs for one day to demonstrate the role foreign-born workers play in the U.S. economy. At least one fenestration company, Sun Windows and Doors of Owensboro, Ky., reported that 12 employees took part in the protest.

The workers didn’t show up on Thursday, prompting Sun Windows president Frank Anderson to label their absences as unexcused, according to a report from WFIE-14 in Evansville, Ind. The company could have fired the employees, but instead it suspended them for three days without pay.

“It created a major burden for our current employees who had to pick up the slack and we certainly faced a risk of dissevering the customers and losing business,” Anderson told the TV station.

Anderson said Sun Windows will be reviewing whether to let the protesting employees return to work on a case-by-case basis. He also told WFIE-14 that the company is hiring.

DWM reached out to Anderson for comment, but as of press time hadn’t heard back from him.

Across the country, more than 100 workers who took part in the Day Without Immigrants protests lost their jobs, according to a report from NBC News.

The one-day boycott had the potential to disrupt a lot of industries. According to statistics from New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate, about seven million immigrants are members of America’s blue-collar workforce, which includes manufacturing and construction jobs. Immigrants make up 22.3 percent of the American working class.

A December 2015 study from the Pew Charitable Trusts shows that immigrants are 1.2 times more likely than native-born workers to be employed in manufacturing. Nationally, immigrants make up 10 percent of the manufacturing workforce — and they’re 14 percent of the manufacturing workforce in Kentucky.

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  1. We’re all immigrants. It’s ILLEGAL immigration that’s the problem that must be fixed.

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