It was business as usual at El Dorado Express convenience store in Casco, even as other Hispanic-owned businesses statewide closed for the day as part of the Day Without Hispanics and Immigrants protest at the state capitol building. The goal was to show the consequences of not having immigrants in the workforce for jobs few other people will do and how Hispanic-owned businesses contribute to the economy. Ernesto Perez owns El Dorado in Casco. He says through store employee Edith Garcia that closing his store would leave Hispanic residents with few other options to get groceries. He also questions the effectiveness of such protests.
Protest organizers hope the Day Without Hispanics and Immigrants will push lawmakers to adopt the new state budget, which allows illegal immigrants to get drivers licenses so they can work in Wisconsin.