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Pro-immigration reform protesters arrested at DNC

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Ten illegal immigrants are under arrest after blocking an uptown Charlotte intersection near the site of the Democratic National Convention.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police arrested the protesters late Tuesday afternoon during what officials described as a nonviolent act of civil disobedience. The five women and five men who staged the sit-in were members of a group calling for comprehensive immigration reform. It was not immediately known if police intended to turn them over to immigration authorities.

Among those arrested was Rosi Carrasco, a Chicago woman brought to the United States illegally as a child. A married mother, she said she wanted to set an example for her two daughters by protesting the mass deportations of people like her and urged President Barack Obama to end the practice.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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