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Now that the initial shock of the election results has worn off a bit, most of us are adamantly scrolling on our screens looking what we can do to help.

In an attempt to support immigrant-owned restaurants, many people have reached out to the food blog Eater asking for a guide or a map directing them to immigrant-owned businesses within the food industry. Sounds like a great idea, right?

In a statement, Eater has denied this request for fear that it would put these businesses, their owners, and their employees all at risk. The site wrote:

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"We feel that it would be irresponsible to publish guides to restaurants owned by people whose lives and livelihoods may right now be threatened, because of the very real possibility that they would double as cheat sheets to help intolerant actors find new people, businesses, and families to target. In this chaotic moment, we believe it would be indefensible to widely broadcast the cultural affiliations or immigration status of any individuals or their families without their explicit permission."

This statement brings up a very important point: While the desire to support immigrants right now is very thoughtful, we have to really think everything through before taking any immediate action. Be aware that a helpful guide for you could also be a helpful guide to someone with hateful intentions.

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To be clear, though, Eater is in no way attempting to discourage people from supporting immigrant-owned businesses that surely need our help right now. The statement continued:

"That said! There's an easy way for all of us to find our local immigrant- and minority-owned businesses: Go out and look for them. In virtually every city in America, there are dozens — if not hundreds or thousands — of restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, bars, diners, ice cream parlors, food trucks, corner stores, and street carts run by people who could use our support right now, both social and financial. Say hello, introduce yourself, and make sure they know that you're glad to have their restaurant — and them — in your neighborhood and your nation."

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The statement ends with the option for immigrant- and minority-owned business owners to fill out a form giving their permission to be included on a possible list for the future.