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Immigrant-rights group in Minneapolis to protest child-deportation policy

There’ll be a gathering in Minneapolis today to protest the deportation of Central American children who are crossing the U.S. border.

The Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee is organizing the 5 p.m. protest at Lake Street and Nicollet Avenue in south Minneapolis. The group says it wants the U.S. to  “provide these children protection, family reunification and legal status, not detention and deportation.”

Drug-related and political problems in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador — much of it, they say, caused by U.S. policies — have caused children to seek refuge in the U.S.

“We oppose militarization, detention and deportation. These are not solutions. We demand immediate legalization, and family reunification, and an end to the repressive and exploitative U.S. government policies that provoked this crisis,” the group says in a statement announcing the protest.

The Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee says it is an “all-volunteer grassroots activist group organizing since 2006 for legalization and full equality for all regardless of immigration status.”

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