Immigrant activists push to stop deportations

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Updated: 3/18 5:22 am

DENVER (AP) — Immigrant rights activists have a new message: Just stop the deportations.

Many immigrants expected Congress by now would have passed a bill legalizing many of the 11 million people in the United States illegally and granting them citizenship. But partisan gridlock in Washington has stalled any such legislation. Meanwhile the Obama administration continues to deport hundreds of thousands of people each year. Activists are now spending less time pushing for citizenship and more on limiting deportations.

President Barack Obama last week directed his administration to review its deportation policy as a result of the campaign. Activists are also increasing efforts to end cities' and states' cooperation with federal programs that increase deportations. Sometimes they have turned to demonstrations and civil disobedience.

Critics predict these efforts will backfire.

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