A Day Without Immigrants meant a day without school for many Dallas students.
A press relesase from the Dallas Independent School District said attendance in Dallas schools on Thursday was 85 percent, compared to 95 percent the day before.
More than 23,500 students were marked absent on the day set aside for those in support of rights for immigrants to show the country how important their roles are.
"Various national discussions across the country led to a demonstration where a number of our students participated in a peaceful display to express their thoughts and feelings," said the press release.
Specific campuses reporting higher-than-normal rates of absence include Thomas Jefferson High School, Skyline High School, Piedmont G.L.O.B.A.L. Academy, Roger Q. Mills Elementary School, Stevens Park Elementary School and Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women's Leadership High School.
Thomas Jefferson High School; Skyline High School, Piedmont G.L.O.B.A.L. Academy; Roger Q. Mills Elementary School; Stevens Park Elementary School; and Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women's Leadership High School.