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Updated Mar 11, 2013 - 1:40 pm

Immigrants rights protesters march in downtown Phoenix

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PHOENIX -- More than 100 immigrant rights supporters marched on Monday to protest workplace raids conducted by the Maricopa Sheriff's Office.

The protesters met at Steele Indian School Park at Indian School Road and Central Avenue. They plan to march downtown to Immigration and Customs Enforcement at Fifth and Van Buren streets and the Maricopa County Attorney's Office at Third Avenue and Jefferson Street.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office has raided 70 businesses for identity theft and according to Carlos Garcia with the grassroots immigrants rights organization Puente Movement, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office has prosecuted all the cases.

Families are being torn apart, said Garcia.

"One way to start is to have (Maricopa County Attorney) Bill Montgomery drop the charges against the people that have been stopped in the raids and the other way is for the Obama administration to just halt the deportations.

"The immigration reform conversations are moving forward."

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

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