Did 'Day Without Immigrants' miss the target?
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) —
It was the middle of the afternoon, but the parking lots were empty, and there wasn't an employee in sight.
"There's a lot of people who actually don't know what's going on," said Ms. Martinez.
On several front doors, explanations that the closing was part of the Day Without Immigrants demonstration.
"I support them one hundred percent," said TJ Johnson, walking by a closed-for-the-day Tacos San Pedro.
"I feel like that, if you live here in America you deserve respect no matter what color, what race you are, you deserve respect," said Johnson.
And that is just the type of message organizers were hoping would be received.
"To see that we are an important part of this country and that we help the economy and we're helping this country grow into what it's supposed to be," said Ms. Martinez.
But not everyone in the Hispanic community was thrilled.
"It really doesn't help. It doesn't help Tulsa," said Francisco Trevino, President of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, describing a protest that missed the target.
"A lot of the Hispanic businesses close, but a lot of them also the majority have a Hispanic clientele, so who's suffering?" asked Trevino.
The Day Without Immigrants, a message delivered with both solidarity and confusion.
"I feel really happy right now and I'm so glad that we chose to do this," said Martinez.
"I look at it this way, why hurt the people that are helping you?" asked Trevino