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Solidarity for immigrants inspiring Twin Cities businesses to close today

A number of restaurants in Washington, D.C., will remain closed or be short-staffed Thursday as foreign-born workers show solidarity with a campaign aimed at protesting President Donald Trump's policy toward immigrants. "Fight for family, work for family".

Immigrants make up almost 23 percent of the American workforce, according to data from the Institute for Immigration Research at George Mason University. No local Lulac Council in Bell County has stated they will be involved at "One Day Without Immigrants". As for why she made a decision to stay open, she said it's because she is an immigrant herself and she was raised to develop a strong work ethic. "We're workers. We support our country", Pena said.

Across the street, Mauro Madrigal, a manager for La Guadalupana, said the owners also are closing the St. Paul business with the support of its customers. "The least I could do was to say, 'OK, we stand by you'".

Students who take part in the protest will receive an unexcused absence, Albuquerque school officials said.

At least 11 million people are living in the USA illegally.

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A Day Without Immigrants is among the first large-scale strikes in the wake of Trump's inauguration. He said he expects to lose almost $100,000 from Thursday's closing, but said it's worth it.

The protest, the latest in a string of actions inspired by 2006 immigration-reform protests and the 2004 political satire A Day Without a Mexican, has prompted eateries and grocery stores across the country to shut their doors in unison. "I wanted to make sure we are in solidarity with them".

This Thursday, February 16, people in Washington, D.C., may start to understand the real meaning of "Immigrants: We get the job done." .

"People that never missed one day of work are telling you they don't want to work on Thursday", the Spanish-born Andres said on Wednesday. The nurses and staff in his Beverly Hills office are staying home Thursday. "We will not allow for the abuse of discriminatory practices against immigrants", said Carlos Quintanilla, a civil rights activist in North Texas. "He wanted a better life for us".

Errin Haines Whack covers urban affairs for The Associated Press.

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