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People participating in Wilmingtons "Day Without Immigrants" (Photo: Kirsten Gutierrez)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — People across the country participated in an event today called a “Day Without Immigrants” and here in Wilmington, dozens gathered to share a message.

Those who gathered today at Hugh MacRae Park called it a “Day Without Latinos and Hispanics.” The rally started at 4:00 P.M. and wrapped up around 6:30 P.M Thursday.

All were protesting the recent arrests of hundreds of immigrants by ICE agents in several states, including right here in North Carolina. Dozens of people didn’t go to work or school in support of this movement. People of all races stepping up to share a similar message, a message that everyone is equal and this country began with immigrants.

It’s a nationwide movement and local organizer Maria Castillo says her daughter has picked up on at a very young age.

Castillo told us this about her daughter, “She is only five years old. Five years old and she is saying this. She woke up this morning saying ‘Mommy why am I not going to school?’ What I do as a parent is explain to her that we’re going to show the world that we love and we don’t hate. That we have a voice and we matter.”

Similar demonstrations were made across the state today, including in Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh.


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  1. Vog46

    None of us are….


  2. Darryl Sundstrom

    It is not about Latinos or Hispanics. It is about illegal immigration regardless of race, creed, religion or lack of religion. I am so over the press saying that we are ‘anti immigration’. That is the biggest lie there is. My wife paid $40,000 to get our adopted children here from Guatemala so they could be here legally and have US Citizenship. It pisses me off to no end that we pander to these criminal freeloaders. Go home, and come back through the right processes and we welcome you. To the point of you can not tell who is by looking at them that is true as our own kids certain fit the stereotype. This stereotype exists by the simple fact that the great percentage of illegal aliens are Hispanic. There is no racism in that.

  3. guest45

    I will bet you the illegals here who have taxes taken out on them by their employers the majority of that money never get’s paid into the tax system, so going after employers whether they have 1 or 100 illegals should be a high priority. Let them protest their way right on back down to the border and start the process legally, in the meantime quit freeloading off the American citizen.

    1. Vog46

      Darned straight Guest45:

      “Wilbur Ross, Trump’s pick for commerce secretary, admitted last month that he recently fired a household employee who could not provide proof of legal status.

      A Senate panel later approved his nomination. He was awaiting confirmation by the full Senate.

      However, previous presidential appointees have run into problems over immigrant labor – including two former nominees under Republican President George W. Bush and a previous nominee under Democratic President Bill Clinton.

      All three of those nominees withdrew their names for consideration after the news came to light.”

      Funny how the laws don’t pertain to Das Fuhrers nominations now isn’t it?????

      Ross should be fired along with Sessions….

      Unaffiliated and darned proud of it

  4. Friggintrip

    They wouldn’t have to worry about being deported if the would go through the proper steps of becoming a “legal citizen”. It’s not fair to the hardworking tax paying American citizens(and our military servicemen) that struggle daily to make ends meet, but can get any kind of government help because they make $15-$20 too much a month. Then you have the illegals that come over here and get free medical, foodstamps, free housing, free education, a check and then some but they don’t pay a dime in taxes. What’s wrong with this picture?!! We should be taking care of the American citizens that pay taxes, not the ones that are coming over here illegally, dodging taxes by working under the table and getting free handouts. If you’re here illegally, then you’re a criminal

  5. lonnie clifton


  6. salmon

    Every restaurant who hires illegal immigrants should be shut down.

    1. conservative

      The statute in North Carolina regarding e-verify is as follows:

      “The definition of employee in North Carolina E-Verify law does not include an individual whose term of employment is less than nine months in a calendar year. Additionally, private employers with 24 or fewer employees are not required to use E-Verify.”

      Nice try salmon…thanks for playing.

  7. Jeffrey Benson

    All I see in the picture is a bunch of illegal immigrants. Guess they wanna stay here and live off the American taxpayer

    1. conservative

      Typical ignorant post from a person who’s prejudicial. There is absolutely no way to tell from the picture who is or isn’t legal or illegal.

      1. Heimie Schmelter

        Ignorant? Hardly! This picture doesn’t sat 1000 words, only one. Common sense dictates that you really aren’t going to find very many, if ANY “legal” immigrants taking a day off to protest for “illegal” immigrants, unless of course they are making money off of them!
        This protest has nothing to do with “immigrants”, it has to do with ILLEGAL immigrants that are concerned about being sent back home. I don’t know a single soul that has any beef at all with ANYONE that has properly entered this country, works hard, pays their taxes, purchases their health insurance, speaks English and positively contributes to this country.

      2. guest45

        that sums it up pretty well Heimie

      3. Vog46

        Common sense dictates that ILLEGALS aren’t gonna stand in front of a camera to get their pictures taken.
        Yeah conservatives right

        Unaffiliated and darned proud of it

    2. Friggintrip

      You got that right!!!

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