Hundreds of immigration reform activists march through Washington, D.C., to protest deportation policies of President Barack Obama. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Immigration activists marched through Washington, D.C., on Thursday (August 28), carrying signs and banners to keep immigration reform at the top of the political agenda. Hundreds of protesters chanted against the deportation practices of the Obama administration on the footsteps of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement building and the White House. About 100 protesters were detained by law enforcement personnel at the end of the rally. Immigration has propelled itself back into the political spotlight this year with the illegal migration of thousands of unaccompanied minors across the border. President Barack Obama requested additional funds from Congress in order to sufficiently allow government agencies to deal with the crisis, but Congress left for recess unable to cut a deal on the request for emergency funds, which Obama said were needed to deal with an influx of Central American children illegally entering the country. A spokeswoman for the White House budget office said the administration urges Congress to act on that request. Since most Republicans are opposed, it could spark a battle over the bigger bill to keep the government operating ahead of Oct. 1, the start of a new fiscal year. That would be nothing compared to the fight Obama could touch off in September if he announces unilateral actions giving temporary legal status and work permits to millions of undocumented residents.