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    Rose Parade followed by march against immigration raids

    Published January 01, 2016

    The traditional Rose Parade in Pasadena was followed Friday by a march organized by supporters of Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders as a protest against immigration raids and deportations.

    "We wish to denounce the continuing injustice toward immigrants, with the always possible deportations of Central American refugees by the authorities," Carlos Marroquin, an organizer of the protest, told EFE on Friday.

    Sanders supporters marched immediately behind the Rose Parade in what traditionally has been called "The People's Parade."

    On Dec. 24, various U.S. media outlets reported that Immigration and Customs Enforcement planned a series of raids targeting thousands of families that entered the country illegally since 2014, mostly Central Americans.

    The United States "should protect" those refugees and, "as Bernie says, allow its 11 million undocumented immigrants come out of the shadows because they cooperate and are part of the way this country works," Marroquin said.

    The activist said some 1,000 union and immigrant leaders were taking part in the protest.

    The pro-immigrant march, dubbed "Feel the Bern Rose Parade March," got started around 10 a.m., once the 127th Rose Parade had finished, which had begun two hours before with documentary filmmaker Ken Burns as the grand marshal.

    During the six-mile Rose Parade, close to 700,000 onlookers enjoyed the colorful spectacle, which was followed by the pro-immigrant march featuring a gigantic puppet some 25 feet (7.5 meters) tall, wearing a suit, tie and eyeglasses, that could remind people of Sanders.

    Between Oct. 1, 2014, and Sept. 30, 2015, 39,970 Central Americans ages 17 and under were detained, less than the 68,541 detentions in fiscal year 2014, according to official data.

    However, in the first two months of the current fiscal year, 10,588 unaccompanied minors have been detained, an increase of 106 percent over the same period the year before, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data.
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    Yeah, well they have every right to do it. But the best approach is what we're supposed to do had we just done it which is deport them all as soon as they step foot in or the day their visa expires. Really we need to be hunting down the students with visas and worker visa holders 60 days before their visa expires making sure they have or are making arrangements to leave, notifying schools, employers, landlords, etc., getting up to date information. This really should be clocked and checked throughout the visa period, every six months or on key dates like end of semester and so forth. Technically the schools and employers should be responsible for that process and liable if they haven't departed on time. They should have to accompany them to the airport and sign affidavit of flight. Of course they could sneak off during a stop so they need to be on non-stop flights or certified at each leg until they depart US.
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