AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) - Immigration activists are hoping to reach out to policy makers in Washington.
Lawmakers heading out for lunch could find their favorite restaurants closed.
The "Day Without Immigrants" protest is taking place in cities across the country including Austin.
Immigrants across the country were expected to stay home from school and work to show how critical they are to the U.S. economy.
The protest gained momentum on social media and word of mouth.
The protests come in response to President Trump, whose administration has pledged to increase the deportation of immigrants living in the country illegally.
Trump campaigned on building a wall along the U.S. Mexico border, and blamed high unemployment on immigration.
Thousands of people participated in the protests.