Mexican restaurants in Arizona and across the country are worried about a “dramatic” drop in visitors due to President Donald Trump’s immigration order.
The National Restaurant Association (NRA) reported Monday that the number of people visiting Mexican restaurants nationwide has fallen sharply, with restaurants reporting fewer than 1,000 people a day for the first six months of 2017.
“We have a very, very good base of customers who are coming to our restaurants because they are afraid that they will not be able to get back to Mexico because of the Trump administration,” said María María Martinez, the executive director of the Mexican Restaurant Association of Arizona.
The NRA estimates that the Mexican population in the U.S. dropped from over 1.2 million in 2012 to under 1 million in 2016.
Martinez, who said she is among those who is concerned about Trump’s order, said she doesn’t think there is any way the president can change that.
“The fact that we can’t even talk about it is a disaster,” she said.
“There is a lot of fear in the industry.
It’s just a very difficult situation for our restaurants.”
A spokeswoman for Trump’s administration did not immediately respond to a request for comment.