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Immigration activists gather at White House to protest US deportation policy

Immigration activists and religious leaders massed outside the White House on Thursday to protest against United States policies on deporting migrants.

The protesters urged President Barack Obama to immediately halt all deportations. 

They also called on him to extend relief for migrants by decree and to protect Central American children crossing into the US unaccompanied by adults.

Police arrested 112 demonstrators.

United Methodist Church bishop Minerva Carcano said such protests were needed to “raise a moral voice, because you do not hear from either Congress or the White House.”

“The two parties only think of immigrants for their political games, when elections come or to hurt their rivals,” she said.

“But immigrants are not balls or ciphers, they are people.”

An estimated two million people have been deported since President Obama took office in 2009.

White House officials claim he plans to make a ruling on relief for immigrants next month.

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