Rocco Balsamo


A Day Without Immigrants, in Photos

Today, the scene in San Francisco’s Mission district sent chills up my spine. Here’s how it looked, in photos …with a surprise ending.

A convenience store:

A pizza shop:

A diner and a bookstore:

A bakery:

A chicken joint:

A bar & grill:

A skate shop:

A taqueria:

A coffee shop:

A produce market:

A restaurant:

My office:

The photo above is a candid snap of the three co-founders of my company, TINT. Tim, the CEO, is a child of Taiwanese and Thai immigrants. Ryo was born in Japan, and Nik (the guy in the middle who ruined my candid snap) is from India.

Without them, I would not have my well-paying tech job.

The Surprise Ending

I promised a surprise ending to this article. At the end of the day, when I was feeling a little down, My mom sent me these two photos.

My brother-in-law, Orhan, born in Turkey, received his US citizenship today! Congratulations, and welcome, Orhan!

News outlets: download high quality images here. I grant them to public domain under the CC0 license (except the pics of my brother-in-law and sister)! You can reach me for comment at the contact form at the bottom of this page.

If you appreciate the immigrants in your life as much as I do, please 💚 and share. It is important for these photos to be seen.

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