Immigrant groups from across the U.S. are planning acts of civil disobedience at the White House to demand immigration reform and protest a new anti-illegal immigration law in Arizona that they fear will lead to racial profiling.
Officials with immigrant advocacy group CASA de Maryland said Thursday that dozens of immigrant group leaders and relatives of undocumented immigrants plan to risk arrest Saturday during the Washington protest. CASA’s director of political action, Kim Propeack, says they’ll rally at the White House fence and will ignore police requests to move.
She adds that thousands more protesters from a coalition of labor and social justice groups are expected to attend the rally to demand President Barack Obama halt deportations until Congress passes comprehensive immigration reform.
Other rallies supporting immigration reform will be held Saturday in cities around the country.