Iowa Latinos are planning a complete strike Thursday to fight President Donald Trump’s agenda on immigration.
Latin businesses intend to shut down so they can participate in a “Day without Immigrants” march, reports The Des Moines Register.
As part of the event, immigrants will stay home from work, keep their children from going to school, not visit restaurants, or refrain from shopping, according to an immigrant who plans on participating.
“One day is not going to be a big deal, but once they start deporting (immigrants), it’s going to start making a difference,” Juan Rodríguez, a U.S. citizen from Colombia, explained. “Businesses will be closing. Mortgages won’t be paid. … The economy is going to start slowing down.”
A spokesman for the march said that approximately 70 Latin businesses had expressed support for the event.
Milwaukee, Wis. residents hosted a similar event Monday. Various refugees and immigrants protested potential deportations in the “Day without Latinos” event.
“I believe we’re all going to be detained. We’re all going to be questioned. If I’m not doing a crime, there’s no reason why I should be. These are basic human rights that I think they’re trying to violate,” one demonstrator said at the Milwaukee protest.
Five hundred people are expected to show up at the Iowa protest. Organizers asked people to only use U.S. flags when at the march.
“We believe minorities are the target right now of this administration,” Manuel Galvez, the organizer spokesman, said. “It’s the moment to send one message: we need to unite.”
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