Hundreds Expected to Participate in 'Day Without Immigrants'

He has accused immigrants of taking jobs from citizens, pledged to build a wall cordoning the U.S. off from Mexico, and tried to pass an executive order banning immigrants from several Muslim-majority countries for 90 days, as well as banning Syrian immigrants indefinitely.

The actions also follow a series of federal raids last week in which more than 680 people illegally in the country were arrested, raising alarm among immigrant rights' groups. "I'm an immigrant, yes, but I pay my taxes, I help the community, I live in a wonderful neighborhood, I do the best I can", Reyes said. "They are what make America great and we support them!"

One flier circulating online calls for all immigrants to not attend work on Thursday and also to keep their businesses closed, not send their children to school and not shop. "People have already made a decision that they are not working tomorrow".

At the Pentagon, about half a dozen food outlets were forced to close after staff members joined the protest, including a Starbucks, a Taco Bell and a Burger King, according to a Defense Department spokesman.

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The Trump administration, less than a month in, has implemented policies that advocates call anti-immigrant.

"People that never missed one day of work are telling you they don't want to work on Thursday", Andres told Reuters.

At least one Baltimore restaurant, Ekiben in Fells Point, says it will shut down during the boycott. "They fill the empty spaces that no other American will fill". Other restaurants in New York, Philadelphia, St. Paul, Minn., and Austin, Texas, have announced closings.

Some have been summarily deported as Trump says he is making good on a campaign promise to get rid of unauthorized immigrants.

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The movement, which spread through social media, calls upon foreign-born workers to refuse to participate in the U.S. economy for one day.

Some have deliberately chosen to show up at their place of business out of a sense of obligation.

"Day Without Immigrants" protests are planned in cities across the country.

A Mexican supermarket off Simmonsville Road had a sign posted to its door stating it would close for the day. "At ROC, we honor the major contributions of immigrants in the restaurant industry - an industry that employs perhaps more immigrants than any other in the U.S. We applaud and support restaurants and workers who, by participating the the Day Without Immigrants, affirm the dignity of workers".

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