Valley businesses take part in "Day Without Immigrants"

Posted at 7:39 PM, Feb 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-16 21:40:18-05

Some Valley businesses closed their doors Thursday in a nationwide boycott.

It’s called a “Day Without Immigrants,” and it calls on undocumented immigrants and naturalized citizens to skip work, school or keep their businesses closed. Some locals, like Liza Garcia, even refused to spend money today.

“We all contribute in little ways that add up. It’s an economy and all those little pieces come together. We have a choice where we put our money,” said Garcia.

At least three restaurants were closed near 75th Avenue and Indian School Road. That includes Raspados Snow Cone. The new business just opened up two weeks ago but they feel the movement is worth losing a day’s revenue.

“She says that because we have to stay humble. It’s necessary for us to support the movement.  I was born here in Phoenix, Arizona. She was an immigrant and now she’s a citizen so she feels the need to be humble and support the movement,” said Ramrio Bustamante, the son of the snow cone shop owner.

The “Day Without Immigrants” in the Valley also included a small protest near 91st Avenue and Camelback. Organizers there say they began to gather around 6:00 a.m. before heading home after 6:00 p.m.