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Four Arrested During Immigrants Rights March

By aaroncynic in News on May 16, 2012 4:00PM

Four demonstrators were arrested yesterday at one of the first larger protest actions surrounding the NATO summit this weekend. Yesterday afternoon's protests centered around immigrants rights. Demonstrators began their march at Our Lady of Guadalupe Anglican Church in Little Village and marched downtown to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement building where some staged a sit in out front, CBS2 reports. Father Jose Landaverde of Our Lady of Guadalupe and another woman were arrested in front of the ICE building for trespassing and another two protesters were arrested after demonstrators took canal street during a subsequent march.

At the rally, Dan Massoglia, a law student, told CBS “There are mass numbers of people being deported for supposedly being illegal, because they do not have documentation. It highlights a disrespect for human life that is indicative of everything that NATO stands for.”

All week, organizers from CANG8, Occupy Chicago and other organizations have protests planned throughout the city, focusing on different issues each day. Today, members of Communities United Against Foreclosure and Eviction and Occupy Chicago will rally at Jackson and LaSalle in the morning, march to Citibank, then to Daley Plaza where they will deliver petitions to Tom Dart's office demanding the Cook County Sheriff stop “profit-oriented evictions and foreclosures.”

Virginia Morales, a member of the Communities United group whose family is facing forclosure said in a press release ““There is no serious action being taken to help keep people in their homes. Modifications always seem to fail. We need this moratorium.”