Hundreds Rally in Chicago on 'Day Without Immigrants'

Feb 16, 2017

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Hundreds of people in Chicago are rallying at a demonstration to mark "A Day Without Immigrants."  Similar demonstrations are planned nationwide. Numerous businesses in immigrant-heavy industries, like restaurants, are closing in solidarity.

Carmen Solis of suburban Chicago brought her two children to a rally in Chicago. She says President Donald Trump's immigration policies are generating fear and she thinks they'll lead to racial profiling and harassment of Latinos. She's a U.S. citizen who was born in Mexico.

However, schools encouraged students to still come to class. Chicago Public Schools sent a letter home to parents encouraging them to be civically engaged in other ways.  The nation's third-largest school district told parents that absences not tied to illness would be unexcused.