Phoenix cafe threatened after immigration protest

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(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

A Phoenix café is experiencing threats and harassment after its decision to close in solidarity with the “Day Without Immigrants” last week.

Barrio Café’s three locations have experienced at least a dozen hateful calls since Thursday.

“I’m sorry people were threatened for closing my Mexican restaurant on a day without immigrants,” said Silvana Salcido Esparza, owner.

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

The move was part of a nationwide movement to protest President Donald Trump’s policies on immigration.

While employees are answering some of the threatening phone calls, the others are recorded on the restaurant’s voice mail.

Some include:

  •            “(bleep) you and your company I hope you people die
  •            “You’re (bleep) up we’re going to boycott your restaurants you’ll go broke and go back to (bleep) Mexico.”
  •             “You guys are going to feel the burn should have never gone against Trump publicly.”
  •             “Helping these illegals register to be legal that’s what you should be doing.”

“If they call, sometimes I hang up, and if they call back they’re eager to insult,” said Marcos Miranda, the general manager.

“I’m not taking the threats to heart however I am cautious, I’m cautious for my staff for their cars for my windows, you know we’ve had windows broken before,” said Salcido Esparza.

[RELATED: Some Phoenix businesses closing for 'Day Without Immigrants' protest]

The owner is sharing these voice mails publicly because she believes the more people know the threats are happening, the more they realize it’s wrong.

“This is the time for unity not division,” said Salcido Esparza.

As a precaution, Salcido Esparza plans to file a report with Phoenix police.

“You never know where these threats are coming from so you can’t take them lightly,” she said.

[RELATED: Dozens show up at Phoenix street corner for 'Day Without Immigrants' protest]

Despite this harsh backlash, Barrio Café staff say most the community’s response to closing in solidarity with the protest is positive. Customers packed the three locations a day after re-opening.

“For one hateful person, you have five people that support love,” said Miranda.

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