- Associated Press - Thursday, February 16, 2017

Hundreds of immigrants turned out across North Carolina to demonstrate their importance to the U.S. economy, marching through streets, staging rallies and closing businesses.

In Charlotte, a midday march brought traffic to a halt as protesters observed “A Day Without Immigrants.” The Charlotte Observer, citing Spanish-language media outlets, report an estimated 250 Latino businesses in the region closed their doors in support of the movement.

Some marchers waved American flags and others held protest signs that read: “No ban. No wall. Stay united” and “We are not criminals.”

In Raleigh, The News & Observer reports (https://bit.ly/2lQDcGn ) work was slowed on a 17-story office tower and several apartment buildings in the downtown area because most of the subcontractor crews didn’t come to work.

School systems statewide noted absences of immigrant students.

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