- Associated Press - Thursday, February 16, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Several Utah businesses are participating in nationwide protests designed to how critical immigrants are to the U.S. economy and way of life.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/2kP9Dkl) that Prime Auto Inc. and Mestizo Coffee were among those that closed their doors Thursday in Salt Lake City as part of the action called “A Day Without Immigrants.”

Also shuttered were Beto’s Mexican restaurants in Ogden and Clearfield.

Immigrants stayed home from school and work in cities around the country, including Philadelphia, Washington, Boston, Houston, Chicago and New York.

The protest gained momentum on social media and by word of mouth. Thousands of people were expected to participate.

It comes in response to President Donald Trump, whose administration has pledged to increase the deportation of immigrants living in the country illegally.

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