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Immigration protest in Milwaukee jams office garage

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Protesters blocked garage doors for two hours Thursday at the federal immigration office in Milwaukee.

No one was arrested as a result of the demonstration. It expressed opposition to the recent arrests of 49 undocumented immigrants in Milwaukee.

No vehicles left the building, with 70 protesters marching on a sidewalk in front. The protest was part of a national campaign put on by the National Day Labor Organizing Network.  

It's calling on President Obama to halt immigrant deportations until he signs an immigration reform bill that's passed by Congress.

The Milwaukee arrests took place during the past month. Immigration officials had defended them, by saying each suspect was a dangerous criminal -- and authorities were using their resources most efficiently by focusing on what they called the "most egregious offenders."

Thursday's protesters said those arrested either had no criminal records, or their only offense was to illegally enter or re-enter the United States.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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