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145 arrested at protest against US deportations

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Photo - Demonstrators are lined up outside the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, as they are being arrested during a protest on immigration reform. With impeachment threats and potential lawsuits looming, President Barack Obama knows whatever executive actions he takes on immigration will face intense opposition. So as a self-imposed, end-of-summer deadline to act approaches, Obama's lawyers are carefully crafting a legal rationale they believe will withstand scrutiny and survive any court challenges, administration officials say. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Demonstrators are lined up outside the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, as they are being arrested during a protest on immigration reform. With impeachment threats and potential lawsuits looming, President Barack Obama knows whatever executive actions he takes on immigration will face intense opposition. So as a self-imposed, end-of-summer deadline to act approaches, Obama's lawyers are carefully crafting a legal rationale they believe will withstand scrutiny and survive any court challenges, administration officials say. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Park Police say 145 people were arrested during a protest against U.S. deportations of migrants in the country illegally in a rally outside the White House.

Activists from CASA de Maryland and CASA de Virginia organized a crowd of hundreds of protesters Thursday. They called on President Barack Obama to stop deportations and make a decision on how to provide relief for immigrant families.

The groups say stopping deportations of migrant children from Central America should be a top priority.

Police spokesman Lt. Richard Butler says it was a peaceful protest. But protesters planned to engage in civil disobedience. In total, 145 protesters were arrested and charged with blocking a sidewalk. They were released after paying a $50 fine.

An estimated 2 million people have been deported since 2009.

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