20 Powerful Photos Of DREAMers Taking Deportation Protests From L.A. To White House Gates

“We want to be at the doorstep of the president of the United States, so he doesn’t just hear from his advisors, but from families who are affected directly by his policies,” activist Cesar Vargas told BuzzFeed.

1. Young undocumented activists continue to protest the Obama administration’s deportation policies.

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2. The DREAMers are waging a coordinated campaign across the country and in front of the White House.

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3. The demonstrators include those who have had family members deported, family members currently in detention, and some who are in deportation proceedings themselves.

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4. “We want to be at the doorstep of the president of the United States, so he doesn’t just hear from his advisors, but from families who are affected directly by his policies,” DREAMer Cesar Vargas told BuzzFeed.

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8. Advocates say demonstrations are going on in cities across the country, including this one from Saturday in Nashville.

9. Vargas said activists from New York, Maryland and Virginia are in Washington, D.C., and will be joined by those from Arizona and California, who arrive Tuesday.

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10. A bus from Arizona is traveling to Washington with undocumented immigrants and others who have personally suffered from the deportation policy, including U.S. citizen Cynthia Diaz.

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11. Diaz, 18, said her mother, Maria Del Rosario, was deported on May 16, 2011, after ICE officials came to their house on a Saturday morning in an unmarked van.

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13. Diaz said the family told her mother, who went to high school and college in the U.S., not to speak to anyone or sign anything.

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Diaz’s father and brother are U.S. residents.

14. But her mom would later say that ICE asked her to sign forms saying she had the right to remain silent. They rushed her to sign the forms and the last one was her deportation order, Diaz said.

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15. Diaz’s mother called her from Mexico the next day to let her know she had been deported. “I had to grow up from one day to another when I was 15,” Diaz told BuzzFeed.

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16. “What I say a lot is, immigration is not only about undocumented people,” Diaz said. “It’s also about U.S. citizens like myself.”

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17. “I’m now able to vote. My voice is going to be heard. I feel like I’m not only doing this for my mom, it’s also for children separated without their mothers,” she added.

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18. On the anniversary of her deportation in March, Diaz’s mom came back to the U.S. as part of a group of 150 immigrants trying to return.

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She is currently in detention in San Luis, Arizona, Diaz said.

19. “She’s already here, she just needs to be released,” Diaz said. “I feel faithful, with everyone here helping us.”

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20. Obama has said he is saddened by the deportations but he has to enforce the law and has called on the GOP to work on passing immigration reform.

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Obama called on the Department of Homeland Security to revisit its enforcement practices to ensure they are more “humane.”

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