- Associated Press - Thursday, February 16, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - At least a dozen businesses are closed in the Richmond area as part of the nationwide “A Day Without Immigrants” protest.

Martin Gonzalez is the owner of La Milpa, a restaurant and grocer in Chesterfield County, which is one of several area businesses closed Thursday. He tells The Richmond Times-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/2lcgNju ) that immigrants are showing they “actually contribute to the economy.”

In Henrico County, El Ray Latino Market put a sign on its door in Spanish. The sign read: “Closed Feb 16; Reason: Standing up for Hispanics.”

Bill Paulette, chairman and CEO of a construction company KBS Inc., says a number of his employees didn’t show up for work on Thursday.

“A Day Without Immigrants” is meant to show how critical immigrants are to the U.S. economy.


This story has been corrected to reflect that at least a dozen businesses are closed.


Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, https://www.timesdispatch.com

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