March at Arizona State Capitol for an end to deportation

PHOENIX - Alin Bocardo came to Mexico with her parents and siblings at the age of two, but the teenager fears, her parents can be deported at anytime.

"I can't think about it," cried Bocardo. "We came here for a better life like they all say."

She's one of the many immigration advocates who gathered at the state capitol today- some from Promise Arizona, and others from Arkansas-based immigration rights group Arkansas United Community Coalition, calling on President Obama to stop deportations nationwide.

They claim it's breaking up families.

"101,000 families are being separated daily by deportations, and today we are collecting shoes for those families who are being separated every day," claimed Nora Realzola with Promise Arizona.

During the march, advocates wore shoes around their necks to represent a request for the President to step up his efforts for comprehensive immigration reform.

It's an issue that's in the spotlight in light of the thousands of undocumented children crossing the south Texas border in recent months.

"Given this critical political moment, we knew we had a chance to do some collective action together to really bring the action to politicians," said Mireya Reith with Arkansas United Community Coalition.

For Bocardo, she tells herself that she's prepared if her parents are deported, but the thought of it is too much to handle.

"Either way, we're a family," cried Bocardo, "and that can just never be torn, no matter what."

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