In almost every country May 1st is celebrated as the international workers’ day. Marches and demonstrations took place in all major cities in Europe. In Russia, around 100 000 people protested against Putin’s politics and asked for a higher minimum wage. In Belarus, protesters were asking for the release of Alexander Milinkewitsch.
Though, May Day is not celebrated in the United States, there were protests and labor boycotts in many U.S. cities today. Immigrants did not go to work in order to participate in events across the country. Though the economic impact is probably unnoticeable, the protests did succeed in getting America’s attention. When I checked the news this weekend and today there was so much coverage of all of these events, which I did not expect. It will be interesting to see how senate will deal with the immigration issue. As an immigrant, myself I find myself torn between several opinions. It seems unfair to grant “earned citizenship” or amnesty to illegal immigrants while making it harder for legal immigrants to come to the United States. On the other hand, the many illegal immigrants are here, because of the great economic opportunity. Companies surely enjoy the cheap labor. If rules are tightened wages will probably go up. Making the current illegal immigrants legal will not solve any immigration problems, as new waves of undocumented workers will arrive shortly thereafter working for the same low wages that illegal immigrants work for now.