Silent Protest Heard Loud and Clear in Hispanic South Omaha

OMAHA, Nebraska – A dozen businesses shut their doors in South Omaha today, silently protesting President Trump’s current immigration plans.

Protesters hope, “A Day Without Immigrants,” will put the financial impact immigrants have on the U.S. economy front and center.

“It’s right what they are doing,” says Fransisco Antonio Negrete.

“We support this protest for all the races,” adds Shares Herasmo Arrollo.

According to the Executive Director of the Latino Midland Center, Albert Vara, today’s protest is felt both nationally and locally.

“As the Latino Center, we support them. Obviously, this companies are also losing a little bit of money,” Vara adds. “I believe that the message they are sending is far bigger.”

Telemundo Nebraska spoke with one local business owner who closed his doors.
“If people don’t support this cause, the government in this country will continue to treat us as criminal,” says South Omaha entrepreneur Jose Gaytan. “We come here for a better life.”

Gaytan has a message to those that don’t support the strike.

“I would like to those that don’t support the cause check their contients”, Gaytan explains. ” I would like for them to put themselves in the shoes and place those people here without paper for at least one day so they can understand.”

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