- Associated Press - Thursday, February 16, 2017

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The national “Day Without Immigrants” includes actions in both of Missouri’s metropolitan areas.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Cherokee Street, the hub of traditional Mexican cuisine in St. Louis, was mostly quiet at lunch hour Thursday after several restaurants closed in solidarity.

Meanwhile, the Kansas City Star reports that 400 to 500 protesters gathered near City Hall, many holding banners and signs such as “Somos America,” which translates to “We’re America.”

The protests are in response to President Donald Trump’s pledge to increase deportation of immigrants living in the country illegally, build a wall along the Mexican border, and ban people from certain majority-Muslim countries from coming into the U.S.

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