WASHINGTON, U.S. - “A Day without Immigrants” read a flyer in Spanish that was widely distributed in different cities.
It went on to read: “Dear President, without our support this country will be paralyzed.”
On Thursday, businesses in cities across the country, including Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Austin and New York, will remain shut as immigrants boycott their jobs, classes and shopping.
Restaurants, in particular, will be widely hit since several employing immigrants.
Immigrant will stay home to protest the large-scale roundup of undocumented immigrants nationwide and Trump's crackdown on immigration in general, which includes plans to build a border wall and a temporary immigration ban on nationals from certain Muslim-majority nations.
"From doctors to dishwashers, immigrants are integral to daily life in the U.S.," tweeted Janet Murguia, president and CEO of National Council of La Raza.
She also praised Spanish-American Chef Jose Andrés' decision to close his Washington, D.C., restaurants Thursday.
The celebrity chef decided to close after a few hundred of his employees told him they would not be coming to work Thursday.
“We are all one," he said. "We should not be fighting among each other, we should all be working together to keep moving the country forward."
Andrés is already in the president's crosshairs and faces a lawsuit against Trump after pulling out of a restaurant deal at Trump’s new Washington, D.C., hotel over offensive comments Trump made about Mexican immigrants.
Other restaurant owners in New York and other cities also expressed their solidarity with their workers, including celebrity chef Tom Colicchio and the owners of Blue Ribbon in New York, who voiced their anger over anti-immigrant rhetoric during the election campaign and since the January 20 inauguration of President Trump.
“We support our people and want them to be heard,” said Doug Griebel, chairman of Rosa Mexicano, a chain of more than 15 eateries.
“It’s a tough situation because we also want enough staff in our restaurants.”
Juan Ramirez, manager of Taquerias Los Jaliscienses in Austin, Texas, also supported the action.
“I feel we are nothing without immigrants,” Ramirez said. “We are all in the same boat. Why not row together to move forward?”
Organizers in Philadelphia, meanwhile, said they expect hundreds of workers and families to participate.
“Our goal is to highlight the need for Philadelphia to expand policies that stop criminalizing communities of color,” said Erika Almiron, executive director of Juntos, a nonprofit group that works with the Latino immigrant community.
“What would happen if massive raids did happen? What would the city look like?”
Meanwhile, in Washington, even as immigrants prepared for the protest, the first such event in the nation's capital, it had so far failed to catch the attention of lawmakers in the city.