Weehawken restaurant closes for 'Day Without Immigrants' protest

Many businesses around New Jersey were closed today as part of a nationwide protest to show the importance of immigrants to the U.S. economy.

Many businesses around New Jersey were closed today as part of a nationwide protest to show the importance of immigrants to the U.S. economy. (2/16/17)

WEEHAWKEN - Many businesses around New Jersey were closed today as part of a nationwide protest to show the importance of immigrants to the U.S. economy.

Charrito's in Weehawken was just one of many businesses that closed for the 'Day Without Immigrants' protest. The owners hung a sign on the door stating, "In our sincere love of America, and its beacon of hope that has always stood for immigrants, we feel a deep obligation to join the Day Without Immigrants national strike movement."

Lauren Mann Baez, of Jersey City, is in favor of businesses closing. "I support it. I completely agree," says Baez. "If I had a store, I would close my store too."

Over in Jersey City, Dulce de Leche Bakery also closed for the day. Some business owners joined in shutting down while others chose to remain open. 

Pedro Mendoza, of Jersey City, says as an immigrant and business owner, he chose to stay open because closing doesn't help anyone.

Also taking part in the protest were taxis in Perth Amboy. The city of Perth Amboy sent out an alert to residents last night to prepare them that there would be no taxis Thursday.

The protest comes in response to several of President Donald Trump's recent executive orders, including an increase on deporting immigrants in the country illegally.

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