Advocacy groups to protest recent federal immigration raids

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Advocacy groups will hold vigils in North Carolina and take other actions to protest the Department of Homeland Security’s recent immigration raids.

Student Action with Farmworkers will hold a news conference Wednesday afternoon in Durham to protest the deportations of Central American families. That evening at the Wake County Detention Center in Raleigh, El Pueblo and other organizations will hold a vigil to show solidarity with those who are detained.

At least 121 people have been detained in raids that began during the holiday season. Last week, 22 Democratic senators asked President Obama to halt the deportations, citing the threats of violence and death the mothers and children face when they’re returned.

Administration officials cite an increase in the numbers of families and children as one reason for the raids.

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