Business closures planned in Triangle, rally in Raleigh for ‘Day Without Immigrants’

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Dozens of businesses are closed today Thursday as people rally for immigrants in Raleigh.

UPDATE: 50+ businesses across the Triangle close for ‘Day Without Immigrants’ boycott

The rally and business closings are part of the national “Day Without Immigrants.”

Organizers are trying to show the impact immigrants have on the nation’s economy while also showing their opposition to President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.

Locally, at least 50 businesses are closed today in Raleigh and many more are closed throughout the Triangle.

The owner of one of those businesses says a lot of her customers are undocumented and worry about whether they’ll be able to stay.

“Some do the wrong thing. That doesn’t mean all of us do. Most of us come here to work and maybe have a better future,” said Silvia Martinez, the owner of El Pancito.

Recent enforcement actions by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has put a lot of immigrants on edge.

“We are people that work pay taxes. And we are here trying to grow our families and do better for our families. We are good people,” said David Salazar with Si a las Licencias.

Martinez said she’s definitely seen concern in the immigrant community over recent ICE actions.

“Everybody’s concerned. A lot of people don’t even want to go out. They don’t want to go shopping, or they’re just afraid to go to work,” she said.

Another one of the 40 stores closing today in the Triangle is Merritt’s Store and Grill in Chapel Hill.

They posted a message last night on Facebook saying that they have decided to be part of the immigrant’s strike. They said 95 percent of their staff is Hispanic and they will reopen on Friday.

The Day Without Immigrants rally began at 10 a.m. in Moore Square in downtown Raleigh.

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