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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.

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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.

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.

5. In Los Angeles Monday, DREAMers occupied the offices of House Democratic Caucus chairman Xavier Becerra.

DTLA member Mercedes Montano sitting in Xavier Becerra's office to pressure him to move Obama to stop deportations!

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DTLA member Mercedes Montano sitting in Xavier Becerra's office to pressure him to move Obama to stop deportations!

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Breaking: CA immigrant & LGBTQ youth urging @RepBecerra to COME OUT & urge Obama to stop deportations #BecerraDeports

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Breaking: CA immigrant & LGBTQ youth urging @RepBecerra to COME OUT & urge Obama to stop deportations #BecerraDeports

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7. They also protested outside the office of Congressional Hispanic Caucus member Loretta Sanchez. Activists said her office had them arrested but BuzzFeed learned Sanchez was on a flight at the time.

@latinorebels @MedinaMora @ErikaAndiola @DRMAction Arrests of undocumented youth in capital during a demonstration

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@latinorebels @MedinaMora @ErikaAndiola @DRMAction Arrests of undocumented youth in capital during a demonstration

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

Adrian Carrasquillo is the White House correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC.

Contact Adrian Carrasquillo at adrian.carrasquillo@buzzfeed.com.

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