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Immigrant Workers And Their Families Call For End To Mandatory Detention

By Alexandra Hill, WBGO News
May 1, 2013

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Protester Holds Up Sign At Rally In Newark

Immigrant workers and their family members rallied in Newark today. They are calling on Congress to end mandatory detention and deportation as part of comprehensive immigration reform.

14 year old Kimberly Ochoa’s father was detained and deported two years ago. Her mother has since struggled to provide for her and her two sisters.

“It was more hard because she couldn’t find a job and she was father and mother at the same time, and it was really hard for all of us.”

Kimberly was joined by her mother and 80 other’s that attended the rally. It was organized by a coalition of immigration advocacy groups from across the state including the ACLU and American Friends Service Committee. They want the mandatory detention system that allows people to be detained without the right to a bond hearing to be repealed under newly proposed immigration bill. Alix Takouzim is one of the organizers of the protest.

“They workers here they’re not here to hurt anyone they are not here to harm anyone they’re here to support their families and contribute to the economy of this country.”

Takouzim says the system goes against our nations fundamental values of due process and family unity.

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