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    Pro-Immigration Organization Stages Protest and Vigil at White House

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    Immigrant advocacy group CASA staged a rally and vigil outside the White House on Wednesday evening in protest of President Donald Trump’s executive orders to tighten borders and immigration.

    The demonstration is in response to Trump issuing orders to build a border wall, crack down on sanctuary cities by stopping their federal grants, and plans to halt refugees coming into the United States.

    CASA, according to their website, aims to "organize, advocate for, and expand opportunities for Latino and immigrant people."

    The rally began around 4pm local time, and approximately 200 people had joined within a half an hour.

    Just after 5pm, the protesters began blocking 15th street at New York Ave, near Treasury Department, during rush hour traffic.

    The group claims that the national security orders are a "direct attempts to marginalize immigrants."

    "Trump is trying to send fear and panic through our community and has a complete lack of compassion towards those who work, contribute and add to the diversity that is this country," CASA's Executive Director Gustavo Torres said in a press release.

    CASA also asserts that a wall "does not represent the values" of the nation.

    Protests also popped up in New York City, and appeared to be steadily growing.

     

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