09/05/2012

Immigration protesters at DNC released from jail

The protesters say they knew they were risking deportation

Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C.  — Ten people who identified themselves as illegal immigrants have been released from a Charlotte jail after they were arrested while protesting for immigration reform near the Democratic National Convention.

A Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman says the protesters were charged Tuesday with impeding traffic and released on $2,000 bond. They had been arrested the previous day after they sat in an intersection blocks from where convention events were taking place.

The protesters had traveled to Charlotte in a colorful passenger bus emblazoned with butterflies and the slogan, "No Papers No Fear."

Police did not confirm the protesters' immigration status. The county is part of a program that screens and reports illegal immigrants to federal authorities.

The protesters say they knew they were risking deportation but wanted to draw attention to the issue.

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