"We are all one", said Spanish-American chef Jose Andres.
The protest, the latest in a string of actions inspired by 2006 immigration-reform protests and the 2004 political satire A Day Without a Mexican, has prompted eateries and grocery stores across the country to shut their doors in unison.
He has five immigrants working for him - they come from Venezuela and Guatemala - and three are participating in the protest.
"We love this country, we want to be here, but we also need to let them know that our economy counts", Salazar said.
Most dependent on foreign labour are construction companies and restaurants, whose kitchen and wait staff in many cases are immigrants. We believe education is important for every child and as part of the education process, they should feel safe to discuss their concerns and frustrations.
The one-day protest in response to President Donald Trump's immigration policies such as "extreme vetting" and his plan to build a border wall between the US and Mexico.
The movement, which spread through social media, calls upon foreign-born workers to refuse to participate in the United States economy for one day.
Days later, Trump signed a sweeping order that temporarily banned people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, suspended all refugee admissions for 120 days and indefinitely barred Syrians from the country, though an appeals court order temporarily blocked the order. In Los Angeles that year, a Day Without Immigrants resulted in one of the city's largest-ever demonstrations, with more than 500,000 refusing to attend work or school. Restaurant owners in Washington and Philadelphia, among others, plan to close their businesses.
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". "They are, in economic terms, productive citizens, and pay a higher effective tax rate than the top 1 percent income bracket", Chen wrote. Others are backing the protest by closing for lunch.