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Few Albany businesses close for immigration protest

May 1, 2006

Albany - Some hispanic-owned businesses are closed in Albany Monday, but most say they must continue to work despite the boycott.

Customers found the lights off and door locked at San Joe's Mexican Restaurant in downtown Albany. A sign said closed May 1st. But in northwest Albany, several other Mexican restaurants were opened.

El Maya owner Jose Diaz says he told his workers they could take off if they wanted but none did.

"I don't want to get involved in something that I don't have full information about," said Diaz. "I don't know what's going on in America today. We are a small business, and I've got bills to pay. I respect what other people do around, but I can't get involved."

Diaz says in this part of the state, closing shop would only hurt his bottom line not make a statement to lawmakers.

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