Show of solidarity for immigrant movement in Shreveport

Immigrant protests shut down businesses
Shreveport, LA - Thursday's national protest is being called "A Day Without Immigrants."
 
Julian Gutierrez says, "We as immigrants, we aren't here to hurt nobody.  We're out here just fighting and working everyday to provide the best for our kids."
 
Gutierrez immigrated to the United States when he was ten years old and that's why he decided to close his Shreveport business Thursday.
 
"Bad things happen when good men watch and do nothing."
 
Immigrants around the U.S. stayed home from work and school and closed their businesses, to demonstrate how important they are to America's economy.
 
"This came out as a day of solidarity and making a statement that we in the immigrant community, we just want to be part of what everyone else is enjoying."
 
Closing for even just a day is a sacrifice for this couple.  El Bazar Mexicano #2 hasn't even been open for a year and Kathy Arico says the restaurant was recently broken into.
 
"It's going to cost us to close since we are the owners.  Some people who just go to work, you just don't get that money, but we're losing.  We're not making, we're losing."
 
Arico has a message to people who don't think closing their doors is a good idea.
 
"We're trying to stand for a better future for my daughter.  No matter what negative comments someone can come with, if i feel like it's something better for my daughter, I'm going to go for it."
 

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