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Ariz. immigration protesters won’t face deportation

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (File AP Photo/Jack Kurtz, Pool)

Federal authorities say they won’t deport six illegal immigrants arrested during a Phoenix protest over Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s immigration policies.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Wednesday that they determined that the protesters did not fall under “ICE’s enforcement priorities.”

Nearly 150 people were at Tuesday’s rally, which blocked a street in front of a high school.

Phoenix police say the protesters were told to leave by 5:30 p.m. A line of officers then approached the protesters in the road and took some into custody.

The six were arrested for obstructing a thoroughfare and disorderly conduct. They included two girls, ages 16 and 17, two 20-year-old women, an 18-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man.

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