Protests call for "A Day Without Immigrants" in U.S.

Protests call for "A Day Without Immigrants" in U.S. Activists in the U.S. are calling on immigrants to protest President Donald Trump's tough stance on immigration with "A Day Without Immigrants," Reuters reported on Thursday.

Immigrants are asked to stay home from work or school on Thursday, not go shopping or eating out, in an effort to highlight the vital role they play in U.S. society.

"A Day Without Immigrants," which has been largely driven by word of mouth on social media, arose in response to Trump's vows to crack down on illegal immigration and his executive order, since suspended by a federal judge, to temporarily block entry to people from seven Muslim-majority countries.

The action follows a series of federal raids last week in which more than 680 people illegally in the country were arrested, raising alarm among immigrant rights' groups.

"Mr. President, without us and without our contribution this country is paralyzed," read a poster promoting the protest that was widely shared online.

It is not clear how many people plan to participate in the walkout. With few plans for large-scale rallies, it may be hard to estimate how many ultimately do. But one group that expects to be affected, and is in some cases embracing the cause, is restaurant owners.

Dozens of restaurants, which rely heavily on immigrant workers, and other businesses in cities such as Philadelphia, New York, Houston and Raleigh, North Carolina, have vowed to shut their doors on Thursday in solidarity with no-show workers. More than a dozen restaurants in Washington were planning to close on Thursday, according to social media.
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