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NM businesses take part in 'A Day Without Immigrants'

Eddie Garcia and The Associated Press
February 16, 2017 06:09 PM

Loyal Taqueria Mexico customers were hoping to eat their favorites for lunch. It wasn't meant to be, not Thursday.

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It's all because Taqueria Mexico, along with many other businesses in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and across the nation took part in "A Day Without Immigrants" and shut their doors.

It's a boycott in which immigrants were asked to miss work, skip class and not shop. It's aimed squarely at President Donald Trump's efforts to crack down on immigration.

"I think it's fantastic," Debra Sanchez said. "I actually didn't realize that it was going on otherwise I might have stopped elsewhere but I fully support it."

Other customers said they understand where these business and their employees are coming from.

"This nation is made of immigrants and not only immigrants that are all white. We have all colors," said Joe Encee.

"This whole nation is made of a melting pot. It's different people and different cultures," Sanchez said.

Some customers said it's only a minor inconvenience and they plan on trying again for their favorite eats.

"I'll be here again tomorrow," Sanchez said.

Elsewhere, shopping centers in immigrant enclaves sat largely empty on as businesses posted signs in support of immigrants around the country opting to stay home from school and work.

Jose Lopez, the owner of La Michoacana Del Sur restaurant in Albuquerque's South Valley neighborhood, says it was important to demonstrate how vital immigrants were to the country. He closed his restaurant for a day and told his immigrant employees to take the day off.

"A Day Without Immigrants" actions hit various cities, including Philadelphia, Washington, Boston, Houston, Chicago and New York.

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Eddie Garcia and The Associated Press

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