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U.S. immigrants skip working in anti-Trump protest

Staff Writer |
Businesses around the United States shut their doors and thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in a walkout aimed at protesting President Donald Trump's policies.

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Activists called on immigrants to stay home from work, avoid shopping and skip classes in "A Day Without Immigrants," an effort to highlight the vital role they play in American society.

About 13 percent of the U.S. population, more than 40 million people, are foreign born, according to census data.

The protest was prompted by Trump's vows to crack down on illegal immigration and his executive order, which was put on hold by federal courts, that temporarily banned travel to the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Immigrant rights' groups expressed alarm after federal raids last week in which more than 680 people illegally in the country were arrested.

Trump will replace the suspended executive order in the near future, according to a court filing by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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