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Illegal Immigrants Block Federal Deportation Office to Stop Deportations

| by Michael Allen

Illegal immigrants blocked a U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement office in Atlanta today, while more illegal immigrants chained themselves to the wheels of a bus in Chicago that was taking undocumented immigrants to an airport to fly them out of the country.

The dual protests were part of the "Not One More" campaign, which is trying to pressure President Obama to stop deportations of illegal immigrants, reports The Washington Times.

The Obama administration announced last week that it would allow illegal immigrant relatives of U.S. troops and veterans to apply for a “parole in place” and remain in the U.S., but the Not One More campaign wants the same treatment for all illegal immigrants.

“If the president can stop the deportations of military families, he can stop breaking apart other families as well,” said Marisela Medina, one of the protesters.

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“Undocumented, unafraid,” the Not One More campaign protesters chanted in Atlanta. “No papers, no fear.”

Some of the protesters formed a human chain in front of each of two gates behind the U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement building in Atlanta, reported The Telegraph.

There were two people at the end of each chain who had locks around their necks, which locked them to the gates.

After authorities cut the locks off, eight protesters, who were chained to the gate, and six other protesters were taken into custody by Federal Protective Service officers.

They were cited for obstructing use of entrances to a federal building and refusing to leave when ordered. The protesters, who claim to be undocumented immigrants themselves, will be released once they've been processed.

Sources: The Washington Times and The Telegraph