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Crowd gathers in Phoenix to protest deportations

Crowd gathers in Phoenix to protest deportations

By Laura Kittell. CREATED Oct 14, 2013 - UPDATED: Oct 14, 2013

PHOENIX (AP) About 250 people are gathered at the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement office in Phoenix with a goal of stopping future deportations.

The protesters marched roughly a mile from a downtown Phoenix park to the ICE office that was closed Monday. Many federal offices are closed due to the federal Columbus Day holiday.

The protesters chanted "no more deportations" and "shut down ICE."

Organizers say they want deportations stopped so that families can stay together.

Most immigration proceedings are on hold during the partial federal government shutdown, but deportations continue.

ICE could not be reached for comment due to the shutdown.