PHOENIX — Three Phoenix restaurants were closed Thursday to stand in solidarity with a national protest showing the impact immigrants have on the United States, their owner said.
Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza said in a Facebook post that her popular restaurants — Barrio Cafe, Barrio Cafe Gran Reserva and Barrio Urbano — stand with “our immigrant brothers and sisters” in the Day Without Immigrants protest.
Reactions to the Facebook post varied. Some commenters said they support Esparza’s decision, while others called for an investigation into her hiring practices.
The nationwide demonstration encourages all immigrants to stay home from work or school and avoid spending money to show how critical they are to the U.S. economy and way of life.
It comes in response to President Donald Trump, whose administration has pledged to increase the deportation of immigrants living in the country illegally.
Trump campaigned on building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, and blamed high unemployment on immigration.
As president, he banned people from seven Muslim-majority countries from coming into the U.S., though that was later struck down by the Ninth Court of Appeals.
Esparza’s restaurants will be joined by protests in cities including Philadelphia, Washington, Boston, Houston, Chicago and New York. The protest gained momentum on social media and by word of mouth.
Several other Arizona restaurants, including Salsa Brava in Flagstaff, also closed for the day.
Esparza was recently named as a semifinalist for a prestigious James Beard culinary award.
- 7 common ways to get sued by your employees
- Why it might be time to upgrade your toilet
- Arizona teachers are building a better future by using technology in the classroom
- How to make summer reading fun for the whole family
- How to find relief for chronic joint pain
- Can the NBA Lottery save the Suns?
- Skip Urgent Care: 5 ailments you can treat with telemedicine
- Skin Cancer in Arizona: Stats, facts and new immunotherapy drugs making strides
- Distracted walking injuries end up not so funny
- Scary situations: 5 quick tips before you let a contractor in your home
- Four ways telemedicine is changing the health care industry
- 5 mistakes homeowners make in the spring
- Three rivers run through it: Exploring Arizona's waterways
- Smart home basics: things you need to know to get started
- 5 Surprising things causing back pain
- Arizona agriculture is a $17.1B industry
- Timeline: Arizona's roots in brewing history
- 5 reasons to love the D-backs this season
- Tips for taking your home entertainment experience to the backyard
- Tech-related injuries your parents never experienced
- Workers comp: Signs your co-worker could be a fraud
- Who's the real founder of America's pastime?
- Epidemic rising? What you need to know about Alzheimer's in Arizona
- 5 unforgettable Wooden Award winners
- Family and hard work are keys to success of modern dairy farmers
- Genetic testing could hold answers for colon cancer survival
- Cold beers and baseball: A beer lover's guide to Spring Training
- Telecommuting: 5 tips to make it work for employers and employees
- See how top CFOs feel about economic growth in the Valley
- Migraine myths that keep patients from effective treatments