EAST LOS ANGELES — LA Weekly has looked at Donald Trump’s impact on the economy of this heavily immigrant neighborhood, and the news is not good.
One predictable victim of Trump’s policies is the travel industry. With the fear among immigrants — documented as well as undocumented — that they may be barred from the United States if they ever travel outside of it, business is down at many travel agencies. “The measures [Trump] is taking is causing people to hold onto their money,” said Moises Avila, who told the Weekly he’s seen a drop-off in his business, the America Travel Agency at the corner of Whittier Boulevard and LaVerne Avenue.
Other kinds of businesses along Whittier Boulevard – East L.A.’s most well-known shopping strip — also told The Weekly that they’ve been suffering. Some of the slowdown has been due to protests such as the recent “A Day Without Immigrants.” But, Saturday crowds have shrunk, stores are closing earlier than usual, and some vendors say that their business is half — or less — what it was before the election.
“It’s practically dead out here,” one Whittier Boulevard clothing store employee told the Weekly. “There’s hardly anyone on the street. It’s been like this for weeks.”
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