Some Phoenix businesses closing for 'Day Without Immigrants' protest

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Barrio Care is closed Thursday for the Day Without Immigrants protest. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Barrio Care is closed Thursday for the Day Without Immigrants protest. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Barrio Cafe owner Silvana Salcido Esparza says taking a stand is worth losing a day of business. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Barrio Cafe owner Silvana Salcido Esparza says taking a stand is worth losing a day of business. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

A local business owner is closing her restaurants Thursday as part of the nationwide “Day Without Immigrants” protest against President Donald Trump’s hardline policies on immigration and promise to crack down on illegal immigration and deport those who are in the U.S. illegally.

The protest was organized on social media and by word of mouth. The idea is to illustrate how important immigrants are to day-to-day life in the U.S.

[READ: Immigrant workers, families to protest by staying home]

The issue of illegal immigration and Trump's actions hit particularly close to home here in the Valley.

Silvana Salcido Esparza, the owner of Barrio Café, Barrio Café Gran Reserva and Barrio Café Airport, says the unity and solidarity in which she believes is worth losing one day of business.

“People are going to show up … and they're not gonna give a you-know-what about my politics or what I'm doing,” she said Wednesday. “They're going to be upset that we're closed but those folks right there, they're gonna know what we are supporting. … I am an immigrant."

A sign in the restaurant's window, similar to one making the rounds on social media, has a clear message for the president.

"Mister President, without us and without our input, this country will stand still."

[RELATED: Restaurants urged to shut down for 'Day Without Immigrants' protest on Thursday]

People throughout the country are taking part in the Day Without Immigrants protest, some online call it a strike, in various ways from closing businesses to refusing to shop to keeping their kids home from school.

The principal of Dobson High School sent a let home to parents advising them to encourage their kids to attend their classes every day. She said missing school only hurts the students.

The #DayWithoutImmigrants hashtag was trending on Twitter Thursday morning, but not all of the posts were supportive and many pointed out the difference between immigrants who came to the U.S. legally and those who did not.

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