USA immigrants stay home from work to protest Trump policies

Sonia Riggs Colorado Restaurant Association President and CEO

Restaurants, stores and other businesses in Philadelphia and some cities around the nation are closing for a "Day Without Immigrants" protest.

It isn't clear how the protest came about nationally - it seems to have bubbled up on social media and spread around the country.

A restaurant displays a message saying they'll be closed for national "Day Without Immigrants" protests.

Celebrity chefs like Jose Andres and Rick Bayless aren't ignoring it - they're closing their restaurants in solidarity with the largely immigrant workforce that powers the food biz and other service industries in the U.S.

The protest comes in response to President Donald Trump and his 1-month-old administration, and days after increased deportations of immigrants living in the country illegally.

More than a thousand people gathered on Thursday morning to take part in Chicago's "A Day Without Immigrants" protest, one of numerous happening throughout the country.

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One school in the USA capital has made a decision to close down for the day, in order to allow teachers to protest.

Several restaurant groups in the Northeast of the United States have been instrumental in the boycott, with health food chain Sweet Green among those closing 18 stores on Thursday.

He'll spend his day off at an Austin rally, of which the details have not yet been revealed, where he will "let our governor know that our community is very, very important to the city economy". "We stand 100% behind our employees - whether they are immigrants or born in America, back of house or front of house", reads the group's statement.

"It will be a very limited menu because we are not as talented as the people who normally work there", McDonough told the Post, adding that the employees participating in the boycott will be paid. "I don't think inconveniencing someone for their dinner is going to change how the politicians feel", Sunnyvale resident David Broniarczyk said.

Several businesses along Lake Street also were expected to close Thursday.

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