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A Day Without Immigrants

02/16/2017 at 6:15 | Posted by John Shaffer
LAS VEGAS - MAY 01:  An empty parking lot is seen in front of La Bonita Market, closed as part of a "Day Without Immigrants," May 1, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The management of the four La Bonita Markets in Las Vegas decided to close all the grocery stores for the day in support of the community and the 240 workers employed by the stores. Immigrants and their supporters around the nation are rallying together through marches and demonstrations, along with boycotting work and spending, in a consolidated effort to show their importance throughout American society as the ongoing political debate on immigration reform continues.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Photo Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Immigrants across the country are expected to stay home from school and work on Thursday to show how critical they are to the U.S. economy and way of life. “A Day Without Immigrants” actions are planned in cities including Philadelphia, Washington, Boston, Houston, Chicago and New York. The protest gained momentum on social media and by word of mouth. It comes in response to President Donald Trump, whose administration has pledged to increase the deportation of immigrants living in the country illegally. Trump campaigned on building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, and blamed high unemployment on immigration. As president, he’s called for a ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries from coming into the U.S. Organizers expect thousands of people to participate or show solidarity with workers.

“A Day Without Immigrants” protests are taking place here in Las Vegas, too. Today, legal and illegal immigrants are being encouraged to stay home from work to show the impact immigrants have on the economy. In Las Vegas many landscaping, auto repair shops and restaurants that are staffed mostly by immigrants (both legal and illegal) are closing their doors today. “A Day Without Immigrants” is in response to President Donald Trump, whose administration has pledged to increase the deportation of immigrants living in the country illegally.

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