Rallies in cities across U.S. decry deportation

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 the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center after journeying more than 60 miles from Phoenix.

More than 50 people, including families with children, stood in front of a federal immigration office in New York City.

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.

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 deported.

Rallies in cities across U.S. decry deportation 04/05/14 [Last modified: Saturday, April 5, 2014 10:58pm]

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