People Skip Work, School, and Shopping on ‘Day Without Immigrants’

People across the country stayed home from work and class, refrained from shopping and marched in public spaces on Feb. 16, 2017. Their actions were part of "A Day Without Immigrants," a demonstration of the economic and cultural contributions of immigrants to life in the U.S. The protest came in response to the Trump administration's pledge to deport more immigrants who are in the country illegally, build a wall along the Mexican border and impose a travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries.

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High school student Kathia Suarez holds up a sign as she protests with others outside the Grayson County courthouse in downtown Sherman, Texas, on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. Protestors assembled and businesses closed during "A Day Without Immigrants," a strike and boycott staged by immigrants to protest the Trump administration's immigration agenda and to demonstrate the importance of immigrants to the economy and culture of the U.S.
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Protesters carry signs as they march down 14th Street NW in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, during the "A Day Without Immigrants" protest.
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A mail carrier passes a closed bakery Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in south Philadelphia's Italian Market.
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Luis Arce Mota, the chef and co-owner of La Contenta, checks the inventory of his restaurant, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in New York. Mota, from Mexico, is now a U.S. citizen. Mota joined other immigrants from around the U.S. in staying home from work and school Thursday as part of "A Day Without Immigrants."
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Demonstrators gather in Baltimore, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, as part of a nationwide "A Day Without Immigrants" protest.
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A parking lot that would normally be filled with shopper's vehicles sits empty outside a closed latino grocery story in Dallas, Tex. on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017.
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Wellesley College students Hannah Augst, of Richmond, Va., left, and Somé Louis, of Charlottesville, Va., right, use a black shroud to cover a display case containing donated African art objects at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, in Wellesley, Mass on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. To protest President Donald Trump's recent travel ban artworks by immigrants, or artworks given to the museum by immigrants, are to be covered with shrouds or de-installed from Thursday through Tuesday Feb. 21, to call attention to contributions that immigrants have made to culture.
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A shopper walks past a sign hanging outside the closed Marco's Fish Market, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in south Philadelphia's Italian Market.
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A sign hangs outside the closed Marco's Fish Market, Feb,16, 2017 in south Philadelphia's Italian Market.
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Felix Solis shows a flyer he is handing out to inquiring customers in front of a closed latino grocery story in Dallas, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017.
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Members of the Mexican Association of Perth Amboy, from left, Alicia Ireneo , Leonardo Sanchez and Rodolfo Cortes, carry flags while walking in front of closed business taking part of the "A Day Without Immigrants" protest, on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in Perth Amboy, N.J.
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A sign is tapped to the door of Toki Underground in Washington announcing it will be closed on Thursday, Feb. 15, in order to support its staff who are participating in the "Day Without Immigrants" boycott, Feb. 14, 2017. The boycott is a stand against President Trump's immigration policies.
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