As many Americans prepared for another work week Monday, several Hispanic groups participated nationally in a day of boycotting in favor of immigration reform.

Dubbed "Day Without Immigrants," Monday served as the unofficial day when illegal immigrants and their supporters protested in an attempt to pass immigration reform that would legalize approximately 12 million illegal workers throughout the nation.

While impressions were mixed Monday around the country, Ada residents had very little to say about the issue, although two sources, who chose to speak on condition of anonymity, had mixed feelings about the day's protests.

"I'm not an immigrant, but I have family members who are," one Ada resident said. "We see both sides of the situation. Not everybody should suffer the consequences."

"There are mixed feelings," another resident said. "In any other culture, there are bad people and then there are good people. The majority of people come here to work and do something with their lives, but then there are some people who come and do bad things. People shouldn't judge everybody by the bad people. We're not all like that."

Some national businesses felt the crunch due to a lack of employees Monday. Tyson Foods Inc., the world's largest meat producer closed nearly 12 of its more than 100 plants Monday due to "higher-than usual absenteeism." Most of the plant closings were in Iowa and Nebraska, while in North Carolina and Georgia, poultry plants also closed for the day.

"When I came here years ago, I came illegal," the source said. "Then I had to do all of the paperwork and it took me about five years to become legal. But during those five years, I worked and paid taxes, with the government keeping the money. The government complains about the illegal people costing the country a lot of money, but what you don't hear is that they're paying taxes and keeping the money and the immigrants aren't getting anything back, because they don't have a social security number. People will say that we came in and took the jobs away, but if you notice, Mexicans will take the worst jobs that no one else wants, because we need the money from those jobs."

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