Greenville businesses close, students stay home in support of "Day Without Immigrants"

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - Immigrants across the country stayed home from school and work today to show how critical they are to the U.S. economy and way of life.

"Day Without Immigrants" actions are planned in cities across the country. The protest gained momentum on social media and by word of mouth.

Protests happened in both Raleigh and Charlotte, while in Greenville several businesses closed to show their support.

Over 500 Hispanic students were absent from Pitt County schools today. A spokesman says while some were due to illness, yesterday there were only 85 absences.

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.