(Charlotte Observer) A busload of undocumented immigrants has departed for Charlotte, on its way to protest during the Democratic National Convention.
The occupants will risk deportation to demonstrate in Mecklenburg County, where sheriff’s deputies check the immigration status of people who are arrested. The group will join hundreds of other illegal immigrants who could march during the convention, protest organizers said.
Some 30 men and women left Sunday from Phoenix on a multistate tour that will cut through states such as Alabama and Georgia that have passed some of the nation’s toughest immigration laws. The bus will arrive in Charlotte just before the Democratic National Convention starts in September.
Mecklenburg County uses two federal programs to refer immigrants in the country illegally to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. Pro-immigration activists generally oppose the programs.
The bus riders say they plan to use “civil disobedience” to draw attention to law-enforcement tactics they view as unfairly targeting them
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