July 10th, 2014
05:57 PM ET
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Anti-deportation activists protest outside Obama’s Austin speech

Austin, Texas (CNN) – A dozen protesters held signs and banners outside the Paramount Theatre in Austin on Thursday, rallying against President Barack Obama's immigration policies.

The group was trying to send a message to the President, who was speaking inside, asking him to stop the deportations of undocumented immigrants.

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Deborah Alemu, a member of a local group called ‎United We Dream, told CNN, "We are a group of undocumented student leaders based out of UT Austin."

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‎"We are here to say enough is enough,” she said. “During President Obama's administration over two million undocumented immigrants have been deported. That's 1,100 families separated every day. "

She criticized the President for wanting to send young children who crossed into the United States illegally, back to their home countries.

"A lot of us were child migrants, and this is a humanitarian crisis, and they're seeking asylum and thus should be given due process. They have rights and that should be acknowledge," she said.

"It's harmful to our community when children who are trying to find refuge and are fleeing from really, really horrific violent situations ‎it's awful when you're telling a 7-year-old 'go back home, you don't belong here.' When in fact they're just fighting for their lives and they have no malicious intent.”

Alemu continued: "My message to President Obama is allow these children due process. ‎There's already a process in which refugees can seek asylum and a mass deportation of these children would not be solving this issue, it would in fact be inflaming the issue because you're sending these children back to their deaths. Deportations of these child migrants equals death."

Alemo says she moved to the United States when she was four years old with her family.

"I was out of status for a period of time. I was recently able to adjust my status but that is not the case for over 11 million undocumented immigrants,” she said.

Obama also faced protests inside the theater, but it was unclear what the protesters were shouting. The President said he would meet with the men who were shouting afterwards. ‎As of this writing officials at the White House could not confirm whether the meeting happened, as most staff were aboard Air Force One en route to Washington, D.C.

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Smitty

    Instead of protesting why don't you all take a few home, pay for housing, for food, clothing and add them to your Obumble care policy.

    July 10, 2014 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    -you break the law, you don't want to be deported? Nonsense.

    July 10, 2014 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  3. yolanda

    Exhibit A is Deborah Alemu. ...not only is she here illegally, but now has the cajones to tell us how we should treat the newly arrived illegals. Oh, and we protect her "right" to bad-mouth the country that is allowing her to be here.....illegally. Great country America, eh?

    July 10, 2014 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  4. Chris..E.al

    Has anyone got a clue what 0bama is doing ?

    July 10, 2014 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  5. Chris..E.al

    Dont go to the border 0bama we dont want to see all those heart felt high fives with all them illegals it would take years ? I got it .

    July 10, 2014 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  6. venus mosley

    Mexican judge orders Marine sergeant to remain in custody on gun charges

    July 10, 2014 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  7. Gunderson

    The Liberals maybe won't deport the Un-Documented but the conservatives aren't going to grant Amnesty. However the pressure from more and more people to deport all non citizens may (And Should) leave no choice. There are too many economic problems now to ignore.

    July 10, 2014 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  8. S. B. Stein

    The problem is that there are so many people coming here without permission that we have to do something. If there was no threat of violence, then I would say deport them all. The problem is that each person needs to have their case heard. I say that we need an extra 1,000 judges and 2,000 lawyers in immigration court (lawyers to prosecute & defend) to start clearing up the backlog. We need Congress to fund that as well as larger detention locations all along the boarder (north and south). Without that, and a way to help these countries reduce the violence there so people stop coming here, risking their lives.

    July 10, 2014 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  9. Karens Hunka

    Lol... Dozens...
    Dozens of people demanding that the US Law should not be enforced and broken.
    Then logically, an "undocumented houseguest" should be allowed to break-and-enter anyone's house they want to. Added bonuses:
    – the owner of the house has to pay for any damage and loss of their own property

    – the owner of the house has to pay for the "undocumented houseguest"'s hospital bills

    – the owner of the house has to pay for the "undocumented houseguest"'s education

    – the owner of the house has to provide food and comfort for the "undocumented houseguest"

    Screw the fact that the owner of the house is barely making it! They must pay for the needs of the "undocumented houseguest" even if it costs them the welfare and well-being of their own family.
    Support Breaking-and-Entering Amnesty!

    July 11, 2014 06:27 am at 6:27 am |