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WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Thousands of immigrants across the nation protested President Trump’s immigration crackdown and travel ban by showing the country what a “Day Without Immigrants” is like.

Business owners in Middle Georgia took part in the day by closing their businesses. Karel Caride Holt was one of those.

“This is not just about a political situation, this is about people,” said Caride. “We need to raise our voices and say, ‘hey we are here’.”

Caride closed her business, Georgia State Auto Insurance in Warner Robins, to show that her work in the United States matters.

“We come here to do something good and wonderful in this country,” said Caride. “We want America great too.”

Caride immigrated from Panama to the United States 16 years ago.

“It’s not easy, coming from one culture to another culture,” Caride said. “It’s hard.”

She remembers being homeless but continued to work. After facing many struggles and overcoming obstacles, she now owns two businesses.

“We come to help,” said Caride. “We don’t come here to destroy this country.”

That’s the way Daniela Pacheco feels as well. She was born in the United States but comes from a family of immigrants. Pacheco decided to take part in the protest by closing her family’s hair salon, Rumors, in Centerville. Pacheco says without immigrants, her business wouldn’t have any business at all.

“They’re 99 percent of our clients,” said Pacheco. “They are Hispanic, they’re immigrants. Whether they be here illegally or legally, in order for our business to grow, we need them.”

A business that did not participate in “Day without Immigrants” was El Bronco Mexican Restaurant in Warner Robins.

The owner couldn’t speak on camera, but told 41NBC the restaurant is in full support of the protest. However, when they reached out to other restaurants in the area and realized they were going to open, El Bronco did the same thing.

No matter what business stayed open or not, they just all want the same thing. To stand alongside immigrants and have their voices heard.

“Look at me, I’m a good example,” said Caride. “I did my best and I’m here.”

Others who participated in the day, didn’t send their children to school or took it to the streets to protest.

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  • nejg_1988

    You should really put the list of ALL businesses that took part in this protest. I mean it’s great, I’m new to the area and I now know some places to avoid. Nobody (at least in their right mind) is opposed to LEGAL immigrants, it’s the ones who are here ILLEGALLY that we have the problems with, if you really want to come here do it properly.

    • HOZTOY

      Exactly this. If you are here LEGALLY, you belong. If you are here ILLEGALLY, you do not. These are 2 different groups of people. Some may have come from the same country but there status is totally different.Legal immigrants should have the biggest problem with illegals because they are just undermining all that legal ones went through to get here.” – – Exactly this. If you are here LEGALLY, you belong. If you are here ILLEGALLY, you do not. These are 2 different groups of people. Some may have come from the same country but there status is totally different.

      • cricket23

        OK “HOZTOY” then you tell me how many people will our country hold because we’re at 320 million because there are more immigrants coming into our country than there are dying in our country!

  • Eric

    Remember when big business tricked liberals into thinking it was a good social cause to get behind to support cheep labor? Remember when you saw articles recently telling you how businesses like Amazon, Apple and Starbucks were aiming towards automation so they no longer had to pay for labor? Then remember how Amazon, Apple and Starbucks all complained about trying to get rid of immigrants and refugees? Wow, people sure are blind. BTW did you know the owner of Amazon is the owner of the Washington Post? And now you know.

  • cricket23

    In a statement on Wednesday, the Department of Homeland Security said that since 2012, when Obama was president, about 1,500 DACA recipients have had their permits terminated due to a criminal conviction or gang affiliation.

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