"This is a country of immigrants and a city of immigrants, and I love it when we stick up for each other here", Adler said.
Meanwhile, the Davis Museum at Wellesley College is recognizing the protest by covering up or removing artwork created or gifted by immigrants. "That it will really be about true reform that takes into account the human aspect of immigration".More news: Trump says he's considering 'brand new order' on immigration
This is not the first time that advocates for immigrants have tried to point out what they say is their value to the American economy. "My staff was like, 'We feel this is something we have to do, '" she said. He said that this day of immigrants is not just about Latinos.
The protest was the latest in a series of collective actions since Trump took office from women's groups, immigrant groups and other activists. Others said this was a chance to round up and deport illegal immigrants.
Kalina Terrazas, a manager for El Burrito Mercado in St. Paul, said numerous restaurant's employees were joining the movement and the owners want to stand in solidarity with them.
"Us kids practically raising ourselves, because our parents had to work three jobs to afford rent, food things like that, but my dad was a dreamer", Barragan said.
In an email to members, the association said employees have a right to protest, that members can withhold pay for hours they miss, "however, we don't advise that you discipline employees on top of that".