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Rallies held in cities across US decrying deportation

Posted: April 6, 2014 - 9:16am
Xitlaly Hernandez, 6, on left, listens to a speech by a supporter of the immigrant advocacy group, Puente Movement, during a rally outside the immigration detention center in Eloy, Ariz., to protest the record numbers of deportations that have taken place under President Barack Obama's administration on Saturday, April 5, 2014. Immigration advocates and supporters rallied Saturday in cities across the country in a renewed effort to push President Barack Obama to put a freeze on deportations  AP Photo/The Republic, Nick Oza
AP Photo/The Republic, Nick Oza
Xitlaly Hernandez, 6, on left, listens to a speech by a supporter of the immigrant advocacy group, Puente Movement, during a rally outside the immigration detention center in Eloy, Ariz., to protest the record numbers of deportations that have taken place under President Barack Obama's administration on Saturday, April 5, 2014. Immigration advocates and supporters rallied Saturday in cities across the country in a renewed effort to push President Barack Obama to put a freeze on deportations

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PHOENIX | Immigration advocates and supporters rallied Saturday in cities across the country in a renewed effort to push President Barack Obama to put a freeze on deportations.

Organizers of the more than 50 planned "Day of Action" demonstrations said Obama has the executive power to stop deportations that separate immigrants living in the country illegally from their loved ones.

In Eloy, Ariz., more than 100 supporters converged in front of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center after journeying more than 60 miles from Phoenix.

Natally Cruz, an organizer with the grassroots group Puente Arizona, said many of the people in attendance have relatives who have been inside the facility for more than a year.

"We want President Obama and his administration to really hear our community members across the country, to understand we do not want one more person separated," said Cruz, who entered the U.S. at age 8 illegally with her parents. "One family every night goes to bed missing somebody in their family."

Many walked with signs saying "Not 1 More Deportation" and calling for deferred deportation action for all. The group included a woman whose son has been in the Eloy Detention Center for nearly three years and a woman who was arrested at her work and detained for two months, the group said.

The Eloy Police Department had about five officers monitoring the rally. Sgt. Brian Jerome said the demonstration was relatively peaceful with no arrests.

Amber Cargile, an ICE spokeswoman in Phoenix, said the agency respects the rights of people to protest outside its facilities.

"While we continue to work with Congress to enact commonsense immigration reform, ICE remains committed to sensible, effective immigration enforcement that focuses on its priorities, including convicted criminals and those apprehended at the border while attempting to unlawfully enter the United States," Cargile said.

More than 50 people, including families with children, stood in front of a federal immigration office in New York City. Among them was 47-year-old Humayun Chowdhury, a cab driver who said his family suffered immensely when authorities held him for 14 months.

"I got out to my family because my community helped," said Chowdhury, who is from Bangladesh.

Chowdhury now has a permit to work in the U.S. and he hopes to get a green card in the future. His 14-year-old son, Maheen, said he was 11 when immigration authorities showed up to arrest his father at 5 a.m. According to Maheen, the separation put the entire family in a tailspin.

"Everything was a mess. We had trouble getting food. My mom just cried all the time. We had to sell our car for money," said Maheen Chowdhury, who was born in the U.S.

The Chowdhurys said they don't want others to suffer the same pain and that there should be a way for immigrants without criminal records to stay in the country.

In Hartford, Conn., dozens of immigrants gathered in front of a federal building after coming from 11 cities across the state. Many say they were angered into action by the refusal of Republicans in Congress to work on immigration reforms. Protesters included Jasmine Mendoza, of Norwalk, Conn., whose husband was deported after a routine traffic stop. Mendoza said she is raising their 8-month-old son alone.

Protests were planned in California a day after 23 demonstrators were arrested in San Francisco for blocking traffic in a major intersection.

In March, Obama asked Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to review enforcement practices to ease his administration's rate of deportations.

Under Obama's leadership, almost 2 million people have been removed from the U.S.

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strawman
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strawman 04/06/14 - 08:51 pm
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A scene from

A scene from Mexico!!??..Not..A scene from a silent majority, here in the USA!. And Law enforcement will use (they are ordered to) all the energy necessary to silence those who fight, try to expose these foreign and domestic gangs.networks and their long list of mercenaries..law enforcement will claim these Americans are dreamers,on meds,have mental issues,these gangs,networks don't exist in the USA.(they are ordered to).We all know better but law enforcement continues to be ordered to treat these Major Threats as UFO encounters..and mean while these armies of foreign and domestic gang,networks don't lose a stroke, in plain view, 7/24 against the silent majority when they set camp in our cities/states/neighborhoods..in order to be a full time target for these foreign and domestic armies of gangs/networks all you have to do is be in the cities,neighborhoods,locations that they set up camp in, or if you refuse to join their physical/electronic networks..these are dangerious scenes for our families,friends,associates,businesses,the USA, they are highly multi racial/militant, in their electronic/physical warfare against us American Targets..this is not a future nor past occupation of our society it is a current on going occupation here in the USA..they have the electronic,physical monitary means to set up camp in real time in any neighborhood in the USA in a matter of hours and stalk us American Targets 7/24 non.stop...as if this doesn't sound like a drug induced scene from another planet they employ/train, women,children,rogue religious organizations, to occupy/control our neighborhoods,cities,states,businesses,their American targets.all these trained,brain washed,druged out gang/networks are, full time, card holding threats to our family,friends,associates,businesses,cities,states..the mexicans, in mexico are being controled,slaughtered by these same types of networks, 7/24, these networks not only have their eye on the pie here in the USA they are eating at it's very core, in plain view..this writer must be on drugs..ehh..wait and see..Remember,we have absolutely no southern border, armies of individuals cross the remote areas every day, we have armies of already existing domestic criminal threats already here..and our government/law enforcement refuse to expose/acknowledge these things to the American public..the American Silent Majority, have a very serious situation.stareing them in the face....

PhDBlack
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PhDBlack 04/06/14 - 04:08 pm
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They are illegal they are

They are illegal they are criminal they should be sent back to their country no matter what country it is...not matter if they finished law school, medical school, hair school or what ever if they are here illegally they are a criminal first and have no rights to anything......stop the madness.......

gunny48.5
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gunny48.5 04/06/14 - 01:52 pm
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ILLEGAL does not mean you get

ILLEGAL does not mean you get to do what you want and we pay for it...unless you're the current prez...

Rat Patrol
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Rat Patrol 04/06/14 - 09:32 am
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FIGURE THIS OUT !!!! If you

FIGURE THIS OUT !!!!
If you are in the country ILLEGALLY, you are a CRIMINAL.
If you go to Japan, and get caught OVERStayed on a visa, they THROW YOU IN Jail IMMEDIATELY.
You people are really LUCKY you don't get thrown in jail for HIDING your illegal alien family member!, and you want Food Stamps, Welfare Money for living, free medical care ?!?!
This is ONE thing the Obama Administration is doing RIGHT!!

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