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Protesters make push to stop deportation of children

Monday, Jul 07, 2014 - 01:42

Protesters march to the White House where they hope to send a message to the administration that deportations of children must end. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Proponents of immigration reform are not giving up. Calling on President Obama to listen, several hundred protester marched to the White House on Monday. The issue has most recently focused on the deportation of children, many of whom have traveled to the U.S. alone. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CINDY MONGE, PROTESTER FROM GUATEMALA, SAYING: "We can't just blame them. We can't just deport them like they're criminals. We can't do this to them." More than 52,000 unaccompanied minors have been caught arriving in the U.S. since October. Many are fleeing the violence of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. Texas has been so overwhelmed that immigrants have been flown to San Diego for processing. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the administration is taking the crisis seriously. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESS SECRETARY JOSH EARNEST SAYING: "The bottom line though is that the law will be enforced. And what that means is that these children who are apprehended will go through the immigration court process and if they are found for not having the legal basis for remaining in this country, they will be returned." For protesters outside, it's a bottom line that could worsen the situation. (SOUNDBITE) (English) GUSTAVO TORRES, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF CASA DE MARYLAND, SAYING: "They are fleeing because of the violence and the poverty and if we return them right away, it's going to create a huge problem for the kids, for the families and for the country." Obama has said he would use executive action to revamp the immigration system.

Protesters make push to stop deportation of children

Monday, Jul 07, 2014 - 01:42

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