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Businesses close, kids miss school during Nationwide "A Day Without Immigrants" protest

Businesses close, kids miss school during Nationwide "A Day Without Immigrants" protest

A nationwide movement called "A Day Without Immigrants" is having an impact here in Siouxland.

Many immigrant- owned businesses were closed.

And hundreds of kids didn't show up for school in South Sioux City.

The district says about 240 high school students and another 180 middle schoolers, didn't show up for classes today.

The organizers of the "day without immigrants" encouraged those taking part to keep their kids home from school.

"Some of the students that are not here are maybe ill. It's not up to judge in this case. It's always the fairest choice whether not to take advantage of that free public education," said South Sioux City Superintendent Todd Strom

In Sioux City, school officials tell us they did have a few absences from local elementary schools but can't say if it's due to illness or the protest.

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