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Immigrant workers at famous NYC business protest Trump, refuse to prove legal status

Workers for the Tom Cat Bakery in New York City rally in front of Trump Tower on April 8, 2017, to protest federal government's immigration policies. (Image source: Twitter/Candace McCowan‏)

Employees at a famous bakery in New York City are not only refusing to provide government officials with documents proving they're working in the United States legally, they’re also taking to the streets to protest President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.

The Department of Homeland Security has given 31 workers at the Tom Cat Bakery in Queens until April 21 to prove they are working legally. The workers have chosen to defy the order, which could lead to them losing their jobs or even being deported, according to a report by Fox News.

The Associated Press reports the “mostly Spanish-speaking workers,” along with about 70 supporters, rallied at Trump Tower in Manhattan on Saturday to protest Trump’s immigration policies, which they say are responsible for their current situation. Many of the workers that are being required to prove they are working in the United States legally have been employed by Tom Cat for decades.

Tom Cat Bakery employs a total of 180 workers and is well-known for producing artisanal bread 24 hours per day. On the bakery’s Facebook page, it claims to be the “oldest artisan bakery in New York.”

According to a report by the New York Daily News, DHS first initiated its investigation into the legal status of workers at the Tom Cat Bakery under President Barack Obama, not Trump.

“We don’t want to lose these people,” a spokesman for the bakery told New York Daily News. “The hope is that with the benefit of their own counsel they should be allowed to stay working for Tom Cat.”

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