>> Immigrants are welcome
]>> Thousands of immigrants from Chicago, to Texas, to Washington DC protesting President Donald Trump's tough stance on Immigration Thursday by staying home from work, not shopping, and not eating out to highlight the vital role they play in American society. A Day Without Immigrants driven by word of mouth on social media, a response to Trump's vows to crack down on illegal immigration and his executive order to temporarily ban entry to people from seven majority Muslim countries, since suspended by a federal judge.
>> The immigrant community is a part of our community. We stand here in unconditional solidarity with you.>>
The call by activists also follows a series of federal raids last week, in which more than 680 people, illegally in the country, were arrested. Many of whom came from Central America and Mexico.
Dozens of restaurants which rely heavily on immigrant workers shutting their doors Thursday.>> Dozens of restaurants which rely heavily on immigrant workers shutting their doors, Thursday. Spanish born celebrity chef Jose Andreas, locked in a legal battle with Trump after backing out of a deal to open a restaurant at Trump's new hotel in Washington, said he was supporting the strikers on his staff
>> People that never miss one day of work, they are telling you we don't want to work Thursday. The least I could do was to say okay, we stand by you. We support you.>> Several other restaurants in DC and Chicago putting up signs informing patrons why they're closed.
>> We are taking care of golf courses, we are working in your restaurants, we are taking care of your fishing boats, we are taking care of so many different aspects of the American DNA but somehow you are not granting us the possibility to become part of the 'American Dream'.
>> This grocery chain near Chicago's West Side also going dark for the day.>> It's a shame that we're going through what we're going through in this day and age. And I think we need the immigrants. It help us out a lot.>> In New York, the owners of the popular Blue Ribbon restaurants closing several locations despite the economic impact.