Policy: Immigration

Rhode Island protesters lobby GOP on immigration reform

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WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Protesters have lobbied Rhode Island Republicans to support immigration reform.

The Providence Journal reports that a rally on Sunday in Warwick drew about 70 participants from Colombia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

They marched from the headquarters of Warwick's Republican mayor, Scott Avedisian, to the state Republican headquarters.

Many protesters carried yellow butterflies, a symbol of freedom, with the names of loved ones who had been deported. They also carried signs urging a halt to the separation of families with deportations.

It was at least the second such protest since Oct. 5 when hundreds of immigrants and supporters rallied in Providence as part of a nationwide effort to press Republicans controlling the U.S. House of Representatives to pass immigration reforms.

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