"We are one world and we are borderless. ... And for those that don't know that, you do now," said Maria Gabriela Aldana Enriquez during a march in Highlandtown for "A Day Without Immigrants." (Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun video)
A number of restaurants across Baltimore will not open today as they join businesses across the country participating in "A Day Without Immigrants."
The closures are part of a national movement in protest of President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown.
Some of the restaurants participating in the campaign are among the city's most prominent, such as the Foreman Wolf Restaurant Group's properties: Bar Vasquez, Charleston, Cinghiale, Johnny's and Petit Louis (both in Roland Park and Columbia).
Other restaurants that will be closed today include Alma Cocina Latina, Cafe Cito, Ekiben, the Local Fry, Dovecoat Cafe, Sweet27 Bar and Sweet27 Bakery and Cafe, and Alkima and Azafran on Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus.
"We will not operate today in support of our staff without whom it would be impossible to operate at all. #adaywithoutimmigrants," Foreman Wolf restaurants posted on their respective Facebook pages today.
Ekiben's owners also explained its decision to close in a Facebook post.
"As immigrants and the sons of immigrants, the three owners of Ekiben have chosen to stand in solidarity with those affected by recent laws limiting immigration to our great country," the post said, noting that the closure wasn't meant to make a political statement. "That is all. We hope our customers and our city can understand and respect this choice."
In addition to Baltimore business closures, a rally is set to begin at 1 p.m. at the Creative Alliance in Highlandtown.