Reading businesses take part in 'A Day Without Immigrants'

READING, Pa. - Businesses across the nation, including some in Reading, closed their doors Thursday as a sign of protest. The day was dubbed "A Day Without Immigrants."

Organizers said the move was in response to President Donald Trump's efforts to crack down on immigration.

In Reading, small businesses owners put their competitiveness aside for one day. They said they want their impact to be felt through their absence.

They said it was important for them to come together, show how important immigrants are to the United States economy and stand up for those who are living in fear of the new administration.

The business owners added that since President Trump took office, their businesses have taken a hit.

"My business has [dropped] a lot," Jose Luis Tinoco, owner of Taqueria El Carreton, told 69 News.

Tinoco said both his customers and employees are scared by the president's pledge to deport more undocumented immigrants, and they are reluctant to leave their homes and be seen.

The men said closing their businesses was to show their solidarity with other immigrants.

"The reaction of the people has been really positive," concluded Tinoco.

Large protests were also held in Chicago, Philadelphia and several other cities. Along with businesses closing, some people also did not report to work or school.

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