Marchers Vs. U.S. Immigration Reform
Columbia's Tequila Mexican Restaurant closed to support the nationwide protest.
"There's people that are going to be mad," said owner Cesar Valdivia, "and some that will be understanding."
Customer Cory Simmons said, "I was expecting it to be open. I had forgotten about the nationwide walkout."
Valdivia also said Columbia's growth would stop if immigrants left mid-Missouri.
Tequila workers said they want to show how crucial Boone County's 3,000 immigrants are to the economy.
Valdivia came to America from Mexico years ago. If U.S. lawmakers make immigration more difficult, he said consumers will spend more for things like construction and food service.
At an apartment construction site in Columbia, immigrant workers come to work for several months .
"What happens is, they're recruited down in Texas," explained Anne Dannerbeck, University of Missouri immigration expert. "Someone who owns a firm here might contact a jefe, a boss, down there."
One Mexican construction worker from Dallas says he could not risk taking the day off to protest.
"I need work," added Elias Estrada. "That's why I worked today."
Tequila will reopen for business Tuesday.
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