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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Dozens of people came together in Downtown Wilmington Wednesday night to announce they are joining others across the country to participate in a day without Latinos and Hispanics.

Thursday people across the country are participating in a national movement called a “Day Without Immigrants” and across the Cape Fear they are calling it “A Day Without Latinos and Hispanics.”

People of all races joined together on the steps of the Federal courthouse in Downtown Wilmington to make a statement. Organizer Maria Castillo is one of many who feel the recent arrests of hundreds of immigrants in several states by ICE agents is unfair.

“I understand deporting criminals who are here illegally. That part I completely agree with. But separating innocent families. It’s just not right,” Castillo said.

Owner of Los Portales Supermarket, Miguel Angel Villansenor is one of several businesses taking action. Miguel is closing down his shop and taco bar all day Thursday.

“I don’t think it’s right. He’s deporting people. Or immigrants. Separating families. It’s not human. It’s not right,” Villansenor said.

Castillo says the supermarket is one of at least 70 businesses participating in the movement.

“That we show even if it’s just here locally in Wilmington. Or North Carolina. That we show that this country cannot survive without Latinos. Without Hispanics. Without our community,” Castillo said.

The movement calls for members of those communities to not work, shop, eat out, or send their children to school. All in hopes of sending a powerful message.

“I’m hoping it’s gonna be a huge impact. And people will realize that we matter and our voice is going to be heard one way or another,” Castillo said.

Protesters are rallying at Hugh Macrae park from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday evening.

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  1. guest45

    very nice summation

  2. Commonsensenotcommontoday

    “I understand deporting criminals who are here illegally, and that part I agree with. But separating innocent families, that’s just not right.”

    gee…..what happens when mommy is a convicted felon? Do you suddenly lose your understanding?

  3. Vog46

    Good job!
    Close your businesses. Take the day off and deny the state and federal government those taxes that ordinarily would be sent in
    peaceful protest – there’s nothing like it
    God Bless the USA

    Vog

  4. VoiceOfReason

    Through this unified effort, we can begin an honest dialogue about the vital contributions that legal and illegal immigrants make socially and economically in our area and across the country. We can talk about our shared concerns around safety and security for our families and about all of us who want to get the outliers in that community who are criminals brought to justice. We can begin to map a way forward to have all of those in our country to pay taxes for the services that are used by all of us.

    *sigh*

    Too bad we won’t be having this conversation. As too many only look though their preferred political prism, pragmatism about how to address our issues and concerns realistically is a lost art. This is not the first time (nor will it be the last) our country has had to address both legal and illegal immigration.

    At one point in time in our personal or familial histories, we were the immigrants that were unwanted here. My Irish family still talks about our long ago relatives arriving on American shores and the prejudice they faced. The same story is shared by people of other heritages at some point in time in our country’s history. And yet the country thrived because of immigrants.

    We know where we are with the immigration issue. Can we talk about where we want to be in an honest and realistic way?

    Anyone want to have an honest dialogue?

    1. Vog46

      VoR –
      The SAD Thing is that this impacts refugees and asylum seekers who are not illegal immigrants at all. the Syrians get vetted extensively as do the interpreters who helped our brave soldiers overseas and now face reprisals.
      But here they get lumped together as one group – as if they were all illegal and all terrorists.
      Yet the evidence points to something altogether different.
      It currently takes 90 – 120 days of vetting to get Syrian refugees here, and those seeking asylum
      Mexicans are not coming here in droves anymore because the mexican economy is doing much better
      But when you see the heads of many corporations coming forward to protest the immigration actions of the president one has to wonder why they are protesting his actions
      Vog

  5. Guest- Just Another

    Just a thought, but if you choose to not work, stay home, and keep your kids out of school, then well, it sure sounds like you’re not only NOT contributing to society, but are an example of a social class that is a drain on society. So “that” is the stance you choose to take, “that” is the point you’re trying to make? It seems to me that WORKING, OWNING A BUSINESS, having your children IN SCHOOL is actually the BEST method to show that you’re what this society wants and needs!

  6. guest45

    “I understand deporting criminals who are here illegally. That part I completely agree with.”

    anyone who is here illegally is a criminal, that part the majority of American citizens agree with. thank you

  7. Guest- Just Another

    Sorry, but it looks like the majority of businesses that are closed cater to the Hispanic community. Isn’t that really a fail?
    Also, just a thought, but if you choose to not work, stay home, and keep your kids out of school, then well, it sure sounds like you’re not only NOT contributing to society, but are an example of a social class that is a drain on society. So “that” is the stance you choose to take, “that” is the point you’re trying to make? It seems to me that WORKING, OWNING A BUSINESS, having your children IN SCHOOL is actually the BEST method to show that you’re what this society wants and needs!

  8. Roger Mulley

    How rediculous as this is all a lie and twist. What don’t you like about illegals? The man is trying to protect the American people. Stop complaining. My mom and dad were immigrants and my mother was locked up for a while till my father got her cleared. It’s all good what he is trying to do.

  9. guest45

    bad news, this country was surviving and prospering very well before Illegal’s flooded us and the Syrian’s, and we will be doing just fine if they all decide to go home, think of the tax dollars, school resources returned, our emergency rooms no longer clogged up, and highway congestion clearing up.

    It will teach employers to not take on more work than they can accomplish without employing illegals, never think that a few illegals can shut down a great country like the one we have.

  10. Heimie Schmelter

    We don’t need “A Day Without Immigrants”. We need a country without “ILLEGAL immigrants” sucking our taxmoney like a chocolate milkshake!
    You protesters keep leaving the word “ILLEGAL” out of your purpose, your reason and your creedo.

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