Local businesses split on 'Day Without Immigrants' participation

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BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - Across the nation, thousands of businesses were participated in 'A Day Without Immigrants', a boycott in response to President Trump's strict executive orders on immigration.

Leonardo Perez owns R&R Muffler and Auto Repair and Tire. He's been in business for less than two years, but closed today to participate in the protest.

"If you don't put a stop to it now, when is it going to stop?" asked Perez. "When is it going to end? So we need to do something, and by us doing this just a little bit, it might not seem a lot, but to us it's a lot."

Perez says he was on the fence about joining the protest, but considered family and employees when making the decision

"I felt like I needed to do this," Perez said. "If you don't support them, they're not going to support you. We live off them. We live off the Hispanic community, and they're my biggest customers. If I don't support them, they're not going to come back and support me."

Over at Jesse's Taqueria and Bakery, Jesse Ocaña was also torn on closing up shop, and says he looked at the bigger picture.

"I'm not a politician, and I don't want to be a politician," proclaimed Ocaña. "You know, I have a lot of people that depend on me and I want to keep it that way. I want to keep the love of my customers and the love of my employees at the same time. This matter is damned if you do, and damned if you don't."

It's a subject everyone seems to have their two cents on, and on Radio Alegria 1240 AM, people have called in for and against the movement.

"We just want to be a part of Bryan/College Station," said Radio Alegria disc jockey Greg Rodriguez, "a part of this state, a part of country. We love this country- best country in the world. They know that. There's some that probably shouldn't be here, but the majority of them are good people."