The goal of the campaign was to show how the country would be doing without its immigrants.
One of the businesses that stayed closed was Taco A Go Go, which has three locations in Houston.
Co-owner Sharon Haynes said the vast majority of her staff said they wouldn’t be coming to work.
“Without my cooks in the kitchen, which is a very Hispanic population, without those employees it would be difficult to operate the business,” she said.
She said she had the choice of firing all of them or staying closed for the day, which for her was an easy decision.
And the customers?
Ivan Fuentes works across the street from Tacos A Go Go in Midtown and comes here almost every day. He was surprised to find it closed this time, but he supports the strike.
“Just shows much we need them,” he said, chuckling. “Because I don’t get my food.”
2017 Immigration Rally Photos
There was a varied range of reactions from Houstonians regarding the day’s events: