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Immigrant rights group to protest during Klobuchar book event at St. Paul church

The group says Klobuchar has not signed a letter asking the president to end family detention camps in Texas.

Protesters unhappy about U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s position on immigrant detention camps in Texas will picket tonight when Klobuchar discusses her new book, “The Senator Next Door,”  at Unity Church-Unitarian in St. Paul.

The Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee says it will have informational picketing outside the church, 733 Portland Ave., when Klobuchar speaks at 7:30 p.m.

The group says the administration is holding thousands of immigrants from Central America in detention centers in Texas, and that they’ve been unsuccessful in getting Klobuchar to join other senators and House members in signing a letter to the president calling for an end to the detention. They say Sen. Al Franken has signed the letter, but Klobuchar has not.

Group members say they want Klobuchar “to take a stronger stand against the unjust, indefinite jailing of thousands of immigrant mothers and children in ‘family detention centers’ near the U.S-Mexico border.”