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Monday, May 01, 2006

 

AP: U.S. Prepares for Day Without Immigrants

By JON SARCHE, Associated Press Writer -- 14 minutes ago

DENVER - Thousands of illegal immigrants and their allies across the country plan a show of force Monday to illustrate how much immigrants matter in the U.S. economy.

Uly Linares passes out a publication supporting the upcoming pro-immigration boycott during Fiesta Broadway, an annual Hispanic celebration which closes off several blocks of the downtown area, Sunday, April 30, 2006, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Phil McCarten)Uly Linares passes out a publication, right, supporting the upcoming pro-immigration boycott during Fiesta Broadway, an annual Hispanic celebration which closes off several blocks of the downtown area, Sunday in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Phil McCarten)

Some will skip work, others will protest at lunch breaks, school walkouts or at rallies after work. There are planned church services, candlelight vigils, picnics and human chains.

Hector Castillo, a Denver baker usually keeps his doors open 360 days a year. But anybody looking for his Mexican pastries or cookies will be out of luck Monday when Castillo plans to close his doors in sympathy with immigrants. For Castillo, 45, it's a protest against legislation in the U.S. House that would make it a felony to be an illegal immigrant.

"About 80 percent of our customers are Latin people, most of them Mexican, and the proposed law will affect all of us," he said.

Thanks to the success of previous rallies plus media attention, planning for Monday's events, collectively called Un Dia Sin Inmigrantes -- A Day Without Immigrants -- is widespread, though fragmented.

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