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VIRGINIA BEACH — A Mexican-American business owner lost about $10,000 in sales Thursday when he shut down his Southside-based companies in solidarity with the “Day Without Immigrants” protest.

Jorge Romero, the 34-year-old owner of Jessy’s Taco Bistro in Norfolk, Jessy’s Tienda y Taqueria in Virginia Beach and an area Boost Mobile store, said he decided to participate in the national protest when asked by several customers if he’d be open Thursday.

The protest is a response to President Donald Trump’s promise to build a border wall between Mexico and the United States — and make Mexicans foot the bill — and the recently overturned ban prohibiting immigrants and refugees from seven predominately-Muslim countries from entering the United States.

“We’ve got to stand up for our morals, and a couple of dollars aren’t worth all of the angst. An opportunity like this comes once in a lifetime. If you’re a mere bystander, you’re part of the abuse,” Romero said.

Immigration is an issue that hits close to home for Romero.