1,000 Yemeni bodega owners close their doors to protest the Muslim ban
“It’s our right to stand up and challenge the president.”
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK — Abdoulkarim Yafai has played by all the rules. He’s an immigrant from Yemen who’s been living and working in the United States for 22 years, has become a citizen, and pays his taxes. But his wife and children are living in Djibouti, so five years ago he started the paperwork to bring them here to live with him. They were scheduled for an interview with immigration officials for this coming Sunday.
That process was abruptly suspended after President Trump issued an executive order on Friday that bans people from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Yemen, from entering the United States for at least the next three months.
Now Yafai is not sure when his family will be able to come join him. They’ve been told the process is paused for at least 90 days. “I don’t know what we’re going to do,” he said.
But one thing he knows he will do for sure: close up the bodega he owns, Cobble Hill Mini Mart, at noon on Thursday.
Yafai will not be alone. Across the city, 1,000 Yemeni-owned bodegas and businesses have already shut down or will shut down from noon to eight to protest the administration and its Muslim ban. “This shutdown of grocery stores and bodegas will be a public show of the vital role these grocers and their families play in New York’s economic and social fabric,” according to a statement announcing the shutdown. Then they’ll gather at Borough Hall for a call to prayer and a rally.https://thinkprogress.org/yemeni-bodega-strike-muslim-ban-af2cebf3514a#.q70x86ba8
There are 1,000 Yemeni bodegas in New York City alone? So where are all the problems with Yemeni Americans over the years? Why is Trump punishing a group of people that have been fine American citizens?