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Deportation protesters march on National Day of Action

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Protesters in more than 40 cities across the country are taking part in "National Day of Action for Deportation," asking President Obama and Congress to stop deporting family members and friends.

Local demonstrators, including immigrants and those who support their cause, marched from the Chicago ICE Field Office to the Broadview Detention Center on Tuesday.

The immigration rally drew dozens of activists, who were hoping to stop a bus full of detainees from going to the airport where they would be deported. Their action was met with disappointment when federal officers moved the detainees from another facility in the downtown area instead.

Still, those who attended the protest told FOX 32 News they were happy with the turnout.

Immigration rights activists spent the day getting ready for a big march on Tuesday. They're angry with what they see as President Obama's broken promises and say he has allowed the deportations of 2 million immigrants so far. That's more than any other president.

In Chicago, about 75 supporters of immigrants' rights marched 9 miles to a church in Berwyn after rallying outside Immigration and Custom Enforcement Headquarters.

Among them was Carolina Rivera, who came here with her husband illegally in 1992. He was deported to Mexico in 2011 after trying for three years to legally get a green card. He left behind three children, all US citizens.

"It's really hard for them," she says. "Very difficult, they still during the night, they wake up and they have nightmares. They are doing very good in school, but they are still missing their father."

During a candlelight vigil supporters prayed that legislators and President Obama would take action to end deportations that have separated 15,000 Chicago area families since Obama took office.

"And we believe that the president has the power and the authority to stop the pain and to stop the pain now," says Lawrence Benito, CEO for the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

For Carolina Rivera, the #Not1more deportation campaign provides hope that one day her family can be reunited. For now, she remains here illegally.

"Hope never ends," Rivera says. "So we are hoping that our President Obama stops deportations, that he can give us our relief."

Supporters intend to keep up their public campaign, hoping for change soon, for the sake of other families facing the same fate as the Riveras.

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