Immigrant business owner closes restaurant during nationwide strike

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NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A restaurant owner in South Carolina shares why he closed his business for the "Day Without Immigrants."

Pedro Navarrete kept the doors of Taqueria Acapulco closed last Thursday to show his support for immigrants in the United States.

Navarrete, who came to the US from Costa Rica 30 years ago, said he saw the movement spread on social media and decided with his staff to become a part of it.

"Yesterday [Thursday] was the most important day since the time I've lived here," he said.

He said the Hispanic community in the CSRA is small, but growing.

He also said there is a feeling of uneasiness for some families.

"There is a lot of fear...People don't want to go out," he said. "They don't want to go do their errands or even leave their homes."

Navarrete was inspired to see people come together to support immigrants regardless of where they are from.

"That is the beautiful thing about being multicultural, not focusing on nationalities," he said. "Together we are stronger."

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