In early February, the Trump administration wielded its executive power to come down hard on immigration, raising tensions and fears among America's huge immigrant population. In was in the peak of this climate that a photo of a Brooklyn restaurant's receipt boasting a pro-immigrant message went viral, as yet another display of solidarity.
"Immigrants make America great (they also cooked your food and served you today)," the receipt read at the bottom. The restaurant, Kiwana, was owned by New Zealand chef Mark Simmons. NBC's Mary Emily O'Hara tweeted the photo of her brunch receipt at Kiwana, and it's racked up more than 250,000 likes and nearly 100,000 retweets.
Now, a restaurant in Santa Fe has followed Simmons' lead, attaching the same message at the bottom of their receipts, too. The manager of Plaza Cafe Southside, Belinda Marshall, told local network KRQE News 13 that they wanted people to know from whom their food was coming, because "they don't think about that." She also wanted customers to know how diverse the restaurant's employees were.
Although Marshall told the local station that she was slightly concerned about how their customers would receive the note, they've received nothing but praise so far. One customer told KRQE, "It's nice to be able to know this restaurant and our town can be that supportive and open minded."
Over the past several months, people across the country have protested, marched, hooted and hollered in defense of equal rights for all, and Plaza Cafe Southside's note is yet another example of community support helping to counter damaging policies.
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