Connecticut Immigrants rally against deportation

Leslie Osegueda, a"Right to Dream" supporter blocks the street outside the federal Metropolitan Detention Center Friday June 15, 2012, in Los Angeles to celebrate the Obama administrations decision to stop deporting younger illegal immigrants. Obama says his plan to stop deporting younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children will make the system "more fair, more efficient and more just." (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Dozens of immigrants and their supporters are rallying in 11 cities in Connecticut before converging in front of a federal building in Hartford in the latest effort to urge President Barack Obama to use his executive powers to scale back deportations.

Organizers say Saturday’s rally was inspired by the refusal of Republicans in Congress to work on immigration reforms, even after Obama sought to appease them by deporting about 2 million immigrants during the past six years.

The rallies will feature people detained by immigration officials and those whose spouses have been removed from the U.S. That includes Jasmine Mendoza of Norwalk, a U.S. citizen whose husband was deported after police detained him for driving without wearing a seat belt.

The rallies were scheduled in Stamford, Norwalk, Bridgeport, East Haven, Meriden, New Britain, New London, Greenwich/Port Chester and Willimantic.

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