NC immigration activists protest against deportations

Dozens of people gathered in front of the Wake County Detention Center Saturday afternoon to protest against deportations. (Image: WTVD)

Dozens of people gathered in front of the Wake County Detention Center Saturday afternoon to protest against deportations. (Image: WTVD)

RALEIGH, N.C. — Dozens of people gathered in front of the Wake County Detention Center Saturday afternoon to protest against deportations.

WTVD-TV reported it was all part of a “National Day of Action” playing out in cities across the U.S.

The protestors are calling on President Barack Obama to place a freeze on deportations in the country.

The march ended at the Wake County Detention Center, where immigrants are detained before they are deported.

“He doesn’t need to wait for Congress to pass an immigrant reform. He can do it immediately,” said march organizer Nayley Perez-Huerta.

Immigration activists are calling on Obama to take a meaningful stand in the deportation debate and say he has the executive power to stop them from happening.

An organizer for the march says there have been massive amount of deportations in the south under Obama’s leadership.

“We’ve seen many of our families torn apart and his words are not enough anymore. We need to see actions,” Huerta said.

Last month, Obama asked a Homeland Security official to review enforcement practices to ease his administration’s rate of deportation. Almost two million people have been removed from the U.S. since he took office.

Read full story: WTVD-TV