'Day Without Immigrants' protests being held across US

2017-02-16 11:38
A protester demonstrates against Trump's travel ban barring citizens of seven predominantly Muslim nations entry into the US at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Texas. (Brandon Wade, AP)

A protester demonstrates against Trump's travel ban barring citizens of seven predominantly Muslim nations entry into the US at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Texas. (Brandon Wade, AP)

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Philadelphia - Immigrants across the country are expected to stay home from school and work on Thursday to show how critical they are to the US economy and way of life.

"A Day Without Immigrants" actions are planned in cities including Philadelphia, Washington, Boston, Houston, Chicago and New York. The protest gained momentum on social media and by word of mouth.

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 US-Mexico border, and blamed high unemployment on immigration. As president, he's called for a ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries from coming into the US.

Organisers expect thousands of people to participate or show solidarity with workers.

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