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Demands for immigration law reform

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Orlando, Florida-Around 200 people gathered to demand changes to immigration laws.They walk together, fearing their families will be torn apart, "It's very emotional. God forbid a knock on the door that they would want to break up and separate us. I pray to God we would never be one of those families."Alma Javier worries her husband will be deported, "Right now he doesn't have his green card."

Alma and 14 others blocked the intersection of Hughey and Washington Street hoping Congress makes changes to immigration laws.
"People who are here undocumented, are working and paying taxes and contributing like anyone else and contribute to the economy."Jeremy Cruz Haicken leads a union for several theme park employees. He says thousands live in Central Florida in fear of being deported, "We'd like Congress to give them a legal status in this country so they can work safely and securely in this country."

While there are around 15 people in the center of the intersection, there are many others standing on the corners. They were told by police to move, or be arrested. One by one officers arrested the protestors holding hands in the middle of the intersection. One of them was Alma.

While the protest was planned, it's still not easy for people like Monica Rojas to watch, "For me it's painful." But for people like Alma it's worth the risk, "There are so many families coming into this country to give a better life for their kids, why should they have to be broken up." The 15 people were charged with unlawful assembly. Police say they were causing a safety hazard.

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