Stores close for 'Day Without Immigrants' protest

Stores along Coney Island Avenue in Kensington shut down Thursday as part of a national movement to bring awareness to immigrant communities.

Stores along Coney Island Avenue in Kensington shut down Thursday as part of a national movement to bring awareness to immigrant communities. (2/16/17)

BROOKLYN - Businesses across the country closed their doors Thursday to mark a "Day Without Immigrants," the result of a social media campaign condemning President Donald Trump's executive orders on immigration and travel.

Down one stretch of Coney Island Avenue also known as Little Pakistan, everything was closed. The owners there say they are supporting #DayWithoutImmigrants, a social media campaign urging undocumented workers, legal workers and immigrants to stay home from work in an effort to illustrate the importance of immigrant workers to daily life.

"The community is coming out and joining with all the immigrants because we are making it known that we are all immigrants -- and we are all Americans," says Mohammad Razdi, of the Council of Peoples Organization. "When any one of us is being put to the side or being put under attack, we're going to stand united."

Trump has vowed to step up deportations across the country, build a wall along the southern border and ban travelers from seven majority Muslim countries from entering the United States. 

According to data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, more foreign-born workers had jobs in the food industry in 2015 than homegrown citizens.

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