LAS VEGAS - Many local businesses joined the "A Day Without Immigrants" national protest by closing up shop for a day. Many businesses posted signs that read in part, "We are closed today in support of the community."
The movement that started on social media is happening all across the country, and it urges foreign born people to stay home from work, school and not to shop as a way to show how immigrants help the country. The movement is in response to President Donald Trump's immigration policies.
In downtown Las Vegas there were a few stores that closed for "A Day Without Immigrants." The majority of Latino-owned supermarkets around town also participated in the protest.
Customer after customer showed up to Mariana's supermarket only to find the doors locked, along with a sign that said they were closed for the day. The company did not open any of its four stores in the valley in support of the national "Day Without Immigrants."
"I didn't connect the dots, but I'm pleased that they are participating," said Dock Walls, a supporter of, "A Day Without Immigrants." "It makes me want to shop here more."
La Bonita joined in, closing it's six locations, but their competitor Cardenas decided to opt out.
Some people say this wasn't a good move on Cardenas part.
"Not necessarily a good idea, I mean if they're trying to make a point, it might have helped if they stood up and stood behind them," said Denise Duncan, believes Cardenas will lose clientele for not supporting "A Day Without Immigrants."
Small businesses also took part in the day. About a half dozen stores at a shopping center near Eastern and Bonanza weren't open.
While some businesses are willing participants, some businesses had no choice but to keep its doors open. 8 News NOW did speak to the owner of an Optical Clinic who said he just could not afford to close.
"The reason we're open today is 'cause people have their medical needs, so we need to see patients now with infections," said Luis Flores, owner of Optical Clinic.
Many immigrant workers who wanted to honor the day had to take the day off.
Speaking in Spanish Elizabeth Saragoza said, "We hope something good comes out of this."
Some parents also took part in the nationwide protest by keeping their kids home from school. The Clark County School District says they've seen an "irregular dip in student attendance" at Hyde Park Middle School and Rancho High School.
"I didn't take my kids to school. The school was empty," said Karla Medina.
CCSD released a statement saying in part, "While Clark County School District encourages students to express their beliefs about national policy changes, we want to remind our CCSD families that our school's campuses remain a safe and respectful place for our students and staff."
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