‘Day Without Immigrants’ protests being held across US

Rupinder Garha, an immigrant from India, holds a small U.S. flag during a naturalization ceremony at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. Thousands of people, some wiping tears from their eyes, became United States citizens during the ceremony Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

(AP) — Immigrants across the country are expected to stay home from school and work on Thursday to show how critical they are to the U.S. 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.

On the Gulf Coast, immigrants are gathering in downtown Pensacola to protest.

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 U.S.-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 U.S.

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

You can watch the protest in Pensacola live on the WKRG Facebook Page.

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