Fighting for an end to deportations

Dozens of immigration activists, elected officials, faith and labor leaders were arrested Wednesday evening for blocking Congress Parkway—the street outside an immigration building downtown Chicago.

The group resorted to this act of civil disobedience out of frustration over the lack of progress in passing immigration reform, organizers said. They demanded that House Republicans vote for immigration reform and that President Barack Obama put an end to deportations.

At the end of this act of civil disobedience, 142 people, including five Chicago aldermen and two county commissioners, were arrested.

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