Businesses across the state are trying to rearrange schedules and shifts to plan for a large absence of workers on Monday. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the "National Day of Action" rallies for immigration.
For example, in Colorado Springs, a local Hispanic meat market will close its doors Monday. ConAgra's turkey plant in Longmont is shutting down production on Monday. In Greeley, the Swift meat plant will announce schedules Friday after many requested for time off on Monday.
Some employers say compared to rallies several weeks ago, they expect a greater impact this time with all attention focused on a single day for immigrant workers.
It's a day that's important to people like Irma Bustimante, a citizen of Mexico who came to the U.S. when she was 18. She says, "We didn't have any possibilities over there, so that's why we came. To work."
Those organizing rallies are asking people to wear white, as a sign of solidarity.
In Colorado Springs, the National Day of Action rally will be at Memorial Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. In Pueblo, the rally will be at Minnequa Park from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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