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Phoenix rally for immigrant deportations draws 300

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PHOENIX (CBS5/AP) -

Nearly 300 people have gathered in Phoenix to protest deportations as well as the inability of some immigrants to get driver's licenses.

Demonstrators marched more than a mile Saturday afternoon to the office of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Carrying white balloons, protesters shouted chants such as "undocumented, unafraid."

Demonstrators called for Gov. Jan Brewer to allow driver's licenses for young immigrants, or "dreamers," protected under President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

"Dreamers" is a reference to the DREAM Act, a proposed law that would give legal status to people illegally brought to the U.S. as children.

They also called for Obama to halt all deportations while Congress remains deadlocked on immigration reform.

CBS 5 News spoke to one man who has been in the states for 20 years but could be forced back to Mexico.

"Thousands like me, they have no criminal record, they have U.S. citizen kids, but they've been deported," said Raul Leon. "So we tell them, 'Yes you can do it, you can stay here but you need to fight. you need to go and look for help.'"

The protesters represented 50 state affiliates of the United We Dream, an immigrant youth-led network that is having its national conference in Phoenix.

Copyright 2014 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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