A nation-wide day of protests by illegal immigrants is under way in the United States, highlighted by boycotts of jobs, school and shopping in an effort to show the economic impact of illegal immigrants.

According to the Associated Press, a major protest in Homestead, Fla., saw 1,200 people march in the town that is home to many of the nation's major growers of fruits and vegetables.

Tyson Foods, Gold Kist and Perdue Farms were among the many companies nationwide planning to close or alter their workdays based on the boycott.

"If illegal immigration came to a standstill, it would disrupt the economy," Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Economy.com, said to the Associated Press. "It would lead to higher prices for many goods and services, and some things literally would not get done. It would be a major adjustment for our economy, for sure."

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Associated Press, USA Today