On Thursday, February 16, thousands of Americans observed “A Day Without Immigrants.” The day was intended to prove that immigrants were not all criminals and “bad hombres,” but integral parts of a functioning society.

But as people took to social media to voice their support of the event, some of their comments went a bit ... sideways. While they clearly meant to say that immigrants were the backbone of America, what they ended up saying was a little more racist than supportive:

And a number of critics pointed out the fact that no one is anti-immigrant — what many have a problem with is illegal immigration:

And a few responded with one simple question: “After we are done with a #DayWithoutImmigrants, can we have a #DayWithoutProtesters? Just one?”