Saturday, December 4, 2021

‘Day Without Immigrants’ Closes Triangle Businesses

Legal and undocumented immigrants combined make up more than 10 percent of North Carolina's workforce.

— Businesses around the Triangle will stay closed Thursday as part of a national protest over President Donald Trump’s executive actions on immigration.

The national Day Without Immigrants encourages immigrants to miss class, skip work and not shop at other businesses to show how much the country and its economy relies on their work. In North Carolina, legal and undocumented immigrants make up more than 10 percent of the workforce.

Several business owners of stores in a south Raleigh shopping center posted signs in their windows early Thursday morning confirming they would be closed.

Eligio Pena, general manager of Compare Foods, a chain of grocers with 15 stores across North Carolina, said on Wednesday that his stores would join in the protest.

“We decided to close the stores for one day to please the customers that were asking for it,” he said. “We going to be hurt a little bit, but I hope people come back in the next few days and spend the same amount.”

The grocery chain has more than half a dozen locations in Durham, Raleigh and the surrounding area.

A call to action and rally associated with the protest will take place in Moore Square at 10:30 a.m.

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