Activists plan 'Day Without Immigrants' to protest Trump
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Several major U.S. cities are preparing for a “Day Without Immigrants,” a protest to President Trump’s stance on immigration.

Businesses and restaurants in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Houston, New York City and other major cities in the U.S. will reportedly be closed on Thursday.

Celebrity chef José Andrés, who is embroiled in a legal battle with Trump, announced on Twitter that he would close some of his D.C. restaurants to participate in the protest.

Andrés, who is an immigrant from Spain, backed out of a contract to open a restaurant in Trump’s D.C. hotel.

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The Washingtonian compiled a list of 60 individual local restaurants and entire chains in the D.C. area that will be closed on Thursday. Other restaurants will be open for limited hours, or with a limited menu, or will serve drinks while the kitchens stay closed. A few restaurants will close their kitchens but allow people to bring their own food. 

At least one charter school in D.C. will reportedly be closed on Thursday, and public schools are preparing for any related walkouts or protests. Dozens of Washington-area businesses have announced they will close as well.

The movement, which has mostly grown through social media, was prompted initially by Trump’s controversial executive order that placed an immigration ban on individuals from seven Muslim-majority nations for 90 days, suspended all refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days and indefinitely barred Syrians from the country.

A federal appeals court has temporarily halted that order.

“Mister President, without us and without our input, this country will stand still,” read one of the posters, which has been shared widely on social media to promote the protest.