The Impact of "No Immigrant Day," In the Basin

ODESSA, Texas (Local 2/ Fox 24) - On Thursday, businesses shut their doors. Immigrant did not go to work.

In cities all across America, including some right here in the Basin, this was all done in support for the "Day Without Immigrants"campaign.  

" I need them. I need the immigrants in my store.  I will not survive without them.  I'm pretty sure," said Martha Arranda, owner of Martha's Jewelry in Odessa. 

" I was thinking myself, to not come open the store...So when they told me they are not coming, I changed my mind,"said Martha. " I don't have employees and I don't have customers too.  Most of the people are not going out to buy.  I'm an immigrant too as well, and they are not coming to my store..So I lost a lot of money." said Martha.  

It was a day of an immigrant strike out; and Jessie Porras the President of United Latin American Citizens said their aim, to spread the word on the economic impact immigrants have on US labor.  

"The immigrants are doing this movement to show our President that their is a big impact when a Hispanic or Mexicans miss their day of work.  There are a lot of people that depend on them for their jobs. They are very good at what they work at too.  They came here to make a better life," said Jessie.  

Jessie and Martha hope people see how immigrants contribute to the economy  rather than harming it.  

"It's the only reason we came...to have a better life..and to make the country bigger than what it already was." said Martha.  


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