'Day Without Immigrants' protests being held across US

PHILADELPHIA — PHILADELPHIA (AP) - 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.

FOX23 reached out to local businesses and learned Las Americas Super Mercados closed.

The market at Admiral and Lewis posted a sign that it was closed in support of the Hispanic community.

Pantheras Video and Pine and Harvard closed, along with Discotecas Del Recuerdo.

Tulsa Public Schools told FOX23 1,800 more students were out than normal. They also released this statement:

"Tulsa Public Schools welcomes and supports all families, regardless of race, ethnicity, or country of origin. As educators, our job is to prepare children for the greatest success in college, careers, and life, and this preparation starts in the classroom. Attendance matters, and students can fall behind even after just one day.

We also support the rights of individuals to protest peacefully in the ways that are most meaningful to them, and this includes the participants of today's "Day Without Immigrants." We are committed to working together with Tulsans from all walks of life to bring about sustainable change, and that work will sometimes be challenging and disruptive.

Malala Yousafzai said: "One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world." We look forward to seeing you at school tomorrow to continue changing the world."

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