- Associated Press - Thursday, February 16, 2017

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A restaurant owner in Norfolk says his businesses will close as part of the national “Day Without Immigrants” protest.

Jorge Romero owns Jessy’s Tienda y Taqueria and Jessy’s Taco Bistro. He says about 60 percent of his employees are immigrants, including workers from Mexico and India.

Romero says he and his staff will undoubtedly take a financial hit on Thursday, but he hopes it contributes to a noticeable dip in income tax revenue across the nation.

If not, he says the impact of the protest could simply be a show of unity. Romero says President Donald Trump’s policies seem to be a “persecution of anybody who does not quote-un-quote belong here.”

The 34-year-old Romero was born in Texas and grew up in Mexico City and eastern North Carolina.

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