PHOENIX - Valley resident Orland Arenas comes from a family of undocumented immigrants.
It’s why he’s decided to embark on a 3-day, 60-mile march with 20 protesters from Phoenix to Eloy’s Detention Center in an attempt to end what, he claims, is a high number of deportations under the Obama Administration.
"We're trying to bring awareness to the atrocities happening under this administration,” said Arenas.
The event was organized by Puente AZ, an immigration advocacy group.
In the fiscal year of 2013, Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted nearly 370,000 deportations nationwide.
And it’s more than just the fear of seeing family members deported that made Arenas to make the symbolic trek to Eloy.
"It's more of a moral choice. I think it's a moral issue and I think there should be more people out here walking with us because it's a moral issue. Family unity is a moral issue,” he said.
And while 60 miles is no walk in the park, Arenas and other protesters plan to draw inspiration from one civil rights leader with each step along the way -- Cesar Chavez.
"Comparing (Cesar) Chavez's march for farm workers dignity to ours is small. It's 60 miles compared to 300 miles,” said Arenas.
The protests will culminate with a rally in front of the Eloy Detention Center on Saturday.