WYES documentary explores recent explosion of Latino restaurant options _lowres

Photo provided by WYES -- Ideal Market, which caters to the Latino community, sells hard-to-find ingredients and serves prepared foods that are inspired by Central America. It has locations in Metairie, New Orleans and Gretna.

Immigrants across the country are expected to stay home from school and work on Thursday to show how critical they are to the U.S. economy and way of life.

"A Day Without Immigrants" actions are planned in cities including Philadelphia, Washington, Boston, Houston, Chicago and New York. The protest gained momentum on social media and by word of mouth.

In south Louisiana, Ideal Market, a popular Latin grocery store chain, has announced it's shuttering its stores Thursday. Ideal has locations in New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

The movement comes in response to President Donald Trump, whose administration has pledged to increase the deportation of immigrants living in the country illegally. Trump campaigned on building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, and blamed high unemployment on immigration. As president, he's called for a ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries from coming into the U.S.

Organizers expect thousands of people to participate or show solidarity with workers.

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