'Day Without Immigrants' protest of Trump policies planned for Thursday

Chef José Andrés receives the National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama at a White House event in Sept. 2016

The day of action is a direct response to President Donald Trump's immigration policies, including his efforts to ramp up deportation of those in the US illegally, his pledge to build a wall along the Mexican border and his controversial executive order enacting a travel ban affecting several majority-Muslim countries. In 2014, roughly 1.1 million of the industry's workers were undocumented, according to Pew Research Analysis.

Among those participating in the strike action is Spanish-born celebrity chef Jose Andres. In Prospect Heights, El Atoradero and Madre Mezcaleria announced they "will be closed [today] in support of immigrants nationwide".

Last month, almost 500,000 protesters took the the streets of Washington to protest over the presidency of Donald Trump and to draw attention to issues affecting women.

"It seems sad for your employees that are immigrants who I'm sure are here legally that they will lose a day of work because of this", wrote one person.

"People that never missed one day of work are telling you they don't want to work on Thursday", he told Reuters. "They fill the empty spaces that no other American will fill".

"It's really a show of support for our staff, and as a team and a family as a whole", said co-owner Eric Bromberg, to Reuters.

Numerous restaurants, which often depend heavily on immigrant staff, closed for the day in Washington, New York, Chicago and other cities.

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The protest, which gained traction on social media, seeks to show the nation the impact immigrants have in the country on a daily basis.

A Mexican supermarket off Simmonsville Road had a sign posted to its door stating it would close for the day.

Businesses across the United States are preparing to close as immigrants plan to partake in the "Day Without Immigrants" protests.

The protest was the latest in a series of collective actions since Trump took office from women's groups, immigrant groups and other activists.

From burger joints to fine eateries, dozens of Washington restaurants shut down Thursday to protest President Donald Trump's treatment of immigrants.

Andy Shallal, who is closing several of his Washington-area restaurants, is an immigrant from Iraq - one of the seven countries on Mr Trump's proposed travel ban executive order. Similar efforts are planned across the country.

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