'A Day Without Immigrants' protests close some NYC restaurants, stores

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Similar large-scale protests to show solidarity with immigrants are taking place in other cities, including Washington, D.C., Austin, Boston and Chicago, as well as smaller communities like those on the Jersey Shore.

"We have heard that some families plan not to send their children to school tomorrow, either to participate in a Day without Immigrants event, or to get a head start on the 4-day President's Day weekend".

It comes in response to President Donald Trump, whose administration has pledged to increase the deportation of immigrants living in the country illegally.

The campaign has the backing of celebrity Spanish-born chef José Andrés, who announced that his three Jaleo restaurants as well as restaurants Zaytinya and Oyamel, all of which are in the Washington area, will be closed for the day.

He likely won't be the only restaurateur to make this decision.

There are a few Houston-area businesses already impacted by today's "Day Without Immigrants" movement, which encourages immigrants to not conduct business or go to school on February 16.

"I urge students and staff not to disrupt learning by participating in protest or walkouts during the instructional day", she said.

Also closed on Thursday: Lina's Mexican Restaurant at 3570 N. Woodlawn; Mexico Viejo, 6960 W. 21st; Taco Fajita, 1004 S. Meridian; Anahuac Tortilleria, 2792 S Seneca St.; and Los Compadres Mexican Grill, 3302 W. Central. They're part of who we are. "We might lose a day of work but we will win so much more". "Our restaurant, our city-our very nation was built by hardworking immigrants".

"We're a very small business and without them we would not be able to open today, so they not only gave me a heads-up about the strike, but did double the work yesterday so we would be in good shape today", Carr said.

"The Colorado Restaurant Association has long supported responsible immigration reform because foreign-born workers are critical to our industry", said CRA spokeswoman Carolyn Livingston. "They want to be part of the American dream". Hispanics, a USA demographic distinction for people originating from Latin America, made up almost 49 percent of the country's foreign-born workforce. "And if we create and open up an opportunity for more discourse around issues of immigration then that's lovely".

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