BRENTWOOD - Activists and community groups rallied in Brentwood Wednesday afternoon, calling on President Barack Obama to stop the mass deportation of undocumented immigrants.
Rally organizers literally called the White House, asking that the president bypass Congress and use executive power to limit the number of deportations.
President Obama has repeatedly touted the need for comprehensive immigration reform that would include a path to citizenship for certain undocumented immigrants. He's blamed some congressional Republicans for stalling the measure. But according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Department, since the president took office in 2009, his administration has deported 2 million people, including almost 370,000 last year.
Activists say they believe they can build momentum over the next few months during the current election cycle. They credited Republican Rep. Peter King, of Seaford, for recently supporting immigration reform.
They say they hope other congressional Republicans do the same.