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."
"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.