Each year, the government initiates immigration court proceedings against thousands of children, some of whom have lived in the U.S. for years.
The protest, organized by United We Dream, was to "protect Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of civil rights for all, including the immigrant community."
Fed up with seeing loved ones deported and families and communities broken up, 11 undocumented immigrants and their supporters were arrested after blocking an intersection.
Every Tuesday night in Painesville, Ohio, immigrants with a common denominator meet at a converted church: they are protagonists or collateral damage in the government's deportation machine.
When Pilar comes home from work at night, often after toiling for 10-12 hours at the family's tortilla bakery and store, her elder daughter frequently has a question for her."Why isn't my Daddy home?"
NDLON says current deportations, now approaching 2 million, run counter to U.S. history, have broken up at least 100,000 families, and damage the U.S. economy.
29 members of the House of Representatives has sent a letter to President Obama asking that he respond to Republican obstructionism on immigration reform legislation.
As the year 2013 draws to an end, the fight for immigrants' rights, and especially for the legalization of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants believed to be in the United States, continues.
Protestors called on Congress and the Obama administration to stop deportations and enact comprehensive immigration reform, making it clear that they weren't going to stand idly by while the Republicans in the House leadership block a badly needed new immigration law.
Leaders of faith, trade union, immigrant and community groups and elected officials were arrested this week for blocking a street, demanding an end to deportations and calling upon Republican leadership to quit blocking a vote on immigration reform in Congress.