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Apr 4, 2014 11:41 PM by Associated Press

23 are held in deportation protest

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - At least 23 people were taken into custody after blocking a major intersection in San Francisco's Financial District as part of a protest against the Obama administration's deportations of people who have entered the United States unlawfully.

Jon Rodney, a spokesman for San Francisco Bay Coalition for Immigrant Justice, said Friday that demonstrators formed a circle in the middle of the street at the intersection of Montgomery and Sutter.

The group says they were protesting because of the Obama administration's record number of deportations, which is soon expected to reach 2 million since the president took office.

A national day of protests against the deportations is planned for Saturday, with further demonstrations expected throughout California - in San Jose, Los Angeles and elsewhere - as well as in other states.

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