Business as usual in Steamboat Springs

Employers say most immigrants showed up for work on Monday

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— It was business as usual Monday in Steamboat Springs as most immigrants showed up to work despite a national boycott billed as "A Day Without Immigrants."

Boycott organizers had asked immigrants to stay home from work Monday to demonstrate the impact immigrants have on the American economy. It was planned to protest legislation that would make it a felony for undocumented immigrants to live or work in the U.S.

But Steamboat businesses saw little to no impact.

"My workers showed up, all of them," said Ernesto Perez, owner of Perez Cleaning Services. "I thought one of two wouldn't show up, but they showed up."

Some employers were flexible with employees' schedules. "Everybody showed up except for one guy. He said it wasn't why he didn't come to work, but you never know," said Steve Holmberg, owner of Frontier Structures Inc. "If he asked for it off, I would have given it to him."

The assistant manager of Safeway, Eric Young, was also prepared. "I had a couple of (immigrants) request the day off," Young said. "Everyone that wanted to attend or not attend was good enough to request a day off. It did not affect us or our customers."

Three Mexican food restaurants were closed Monday. It was part of regular business hours for the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant and Dos Amigos, while Fiesta Jalisco reported being closed both for remodeling and partially for the boycott. Everyone reportedly showed up for work at Tequilas.

In Steamboat Springs, no marches or protests were reported and the police department had no related calls. "I haven't noticed anything. We haven't had any call related to anything having to do with that," Sergeant Nick Bosick said.

Steamboat Springs City Clerk Julie Jordan said that Steamboat hasn't felt any downfall or hardship from this day. "I have not heard of anything. It's been a quiet day for the day after spring break."

To reach Allison Plean, call 871-4204 or e-mail aplean@steamboatpilot.com

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