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Immigration protest planned for Monday in Phoenix

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Immigrant rights activists say they plan a march on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Phoenix aimed at stopping deportations for the day.

Carlos Garcia of Puente Arizona says they are hoping to attract several hundred people for the Monday event.

It is set to begin at 11 a.m. at Margaret T. Hance Park. The group will then gather outside the ICE office at 2035 N. Central Avenue.

Garcia says the goal is to stop deportations for at least the day on Monday, but he acknowledged protesters may be removed from the site and arrested.

Most immigration proceedings are on hold during the federal government shutdown. However, the government continues to deport people.

ICE officials in Phoenix were not available for comment as the communications staff is furloughed during shutdown.

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