PHOTOS: Day Without Immigrants protesters march through D.C. to White House
WASHINGTON (ABC7) —
Marchers walked through Northwest D.C., from Mount Pleasant to the White House, Thursday afternoon as part of "A Day Without Immigrants" protest taking place in cities across the country.
MHolding signs like "Immigrants We Get The Job Done" and "They Will Not Build Borders in Our Community", protesters started at La Casa in Mount Pleasant before crossing 16th Street and marching down 14th Street towards the White House.
"GENERAL STRIKE FOR A DAY WITHOUT IMMIGRANTS: Join us to demonstrate the power of the immigrant community!" The Facebook event for the protest description reads. "As immigrants, we demonstrate our resistance to the racist and anti-immigrant policies of the President. As immigrants, we demonstrate the urgency of the moment to our mayor and our Councilmembers, whose duty is to guarantee that DC has a broad sanctuary policy for all immigrants and residents. As immigrants, we demonstrate our power with our resistance!"
Protesters like Alfredo Castro, 29, skipped work and braved the 37 degree chill to march, despite threats from his employer.
Castro's reason for marching?
"It's personal," he said.
An immigrant himself, Castro said he wanted to march for his family members and others who could not make it to the event.
Though Castro said his boss told him there "might be consequences" for missing work, it was a risk he was willing to take.
Sergio Hernandez, a construction worker, said he faced similar criticism from his employer. Hernandez said he went on strike and attended the march despite threats from his boss to fire him.
However, for Hernandez, it was important for him and other protesters to support family members who faced deportation, he said.
Protests are taking place across the country Thursday, including in Philadelphia, Boston, Houston, Chicago and New York.