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Group seeks end to deportations

Posted April 5, 2014

Across North Carolina Saturday, people seeking a change to federal immigration policy held rallies. (Photos courtesy:  We Are Raleigh)
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— Across North Carolina Saturday, people seeking a change to federal immigration policy held rallies. "Not One More Deportation" events took place outside the Wake County Justice Center and the Durham Police Department.

Organizers sought to pressure President Barack Obama to use an executive order to stop deportations of illegal immigrants. 

“We know the President doesn’t have to wait for Congress to use his executive power to stop the suffering of our communities,” said Yolanda Zavala, one of the event organizers. “He can expand the deferred action program he created for immigrant youth and stop deportations immediately.”

Rallies were also held in Asheville and Charlotte.

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  • Forthe Newssite Apr 7, 2014
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    IF parents came here illegally and brought children unable to make decisions then I'm not sure what the answer is.....

  • Forthe Newssite Apr 7, 2014
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    Here's a sure fire way to end deportations......QUIT STAYING IF YOU'RE ILLEGAL-problem solved.

    IF one is here legally I have no problem, if one is attempting to do things legally then I have no problem but to stand there and say "I'm illegal but I should stay and get all the perks" umm, now I have a HUGE problem.

  • sinenomine Apr 7, 2014

    This kind of protester never learns it seems. If the intended target audience of the protest consists of American citizens it would seem logical to have the signs printed in English.

    Do you recall the large protest in Washington DC a few years ago in which virtually all the protesters carried Mexican flags? When the foolishness of this approach was pointed out to them, along with how much it alienated Americans, the second protest a few days later sported American flags replacing all the Mexican ones. I read that the protest's organizers acquired and distributed the American flags.

  • Rebelyell55 Apr 7, 2014

    I guess if their signs were in English the message would be more clear to who they're protesting to. There is a path way to citizenship for those brought here as children, but if they commit a crime, a serious crime, they're gonna get deported. One problem with any changes, is that many don't want citizenship or documentation. They just want to live here without fear of deportation and this just can't or won't happen. The last protest for driver license by the expected 400 (was less than 100), had signs, but could not find one in any pictures that had anything to do with driver license. Other than those caught at the boarder, many are caught and known not to be legal, but are not deported. Most it's only the ones who have committed serious crimes that being deported, as they should be. I'm still amazed, that some claim to come here to flee violent and crimes of drug cartel, yet they don't even want the crimminals who followed them here to be deported?

  • sinenomine Apr 7, 2014

    I may be in error but my take on this story from another news source which presented it in more detail is that the subject of the protest was children of illegals who were brought here as youngsters and have lived here all their lives.

    IF I am right it can be argued that some exception should be made for such "involuntary illegals". Of course the fundamental question remains, if the parents didn't love their kids enough to place them in such a terrible legal situation by bringing them here in the first place why should we "love" them enough to allow them to stay?

    We tried a true amnesty during the Reagan Administration and it didn't work; illegals simply abused America's generosity. What is needed now is a way to earn citizenship. At the least this should entail having no substantial criminal record and paying any back taxes owed. Illegals should also stand in line behind legal entrants. Also citizenship should be able to be earned by serving honorably in the armed forces.

  • Sherri Schultheiss Apr 7, 2014
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    Illegal immigration. What part of breaking the law is unclear?

  • Buck Godwin Apr 7, 2014
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    " to stop deportations of illegal immigrants."
    What is it that illegals don't understand about being here illegally? The next time there is a crime committed against one of them then our, those who are here legally, retort should be that whomever did it was just trying to better themselves. I can just imagine what the response would be. Hey, what's good for the goose is good for the gander.