Citizens of Garden City, Kansas and Amarillo, Texas participated in yesterday’s “Day without immigrants” protest, intended to showcase the role immigrants play in the national economy.
As The Garden City Telegram reports, the absentee rate at Garden City public schools Thursday was higher than usual, with 18.5 percent of the district’s 7.713 students absent. And nearby Tyson Fresh Meats, the area's largest employer of immigrants, also reported higher absenteeism, did not provide specific numbers.
Some local businesses also closed Thursday, including La Estrella and Golden Corral.
According to Myhighplains.com, Amarillo’s version of the movement included the closure of a dental clinic, several restaurants, an ice cream parlor and several businesses.