TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Hundreds of Tucson residents and families are expected to march to Tucson Police Headquarters Sunday afternoon to protest the deportation of undocumented people.
The Tucson Protection Networks Coalition called for community members to protest and demand an end to TPD's partnership with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, SB 1070 and the mass deportation of immigrants.
The Coalition is calling for humane immigration reform that includes the 11 million undocumented people living in the U.S., according to Alma Hernandez with the Coalition.
The march began at 12:00 p.m. Sunday at the Southside Presbyterian Church on west 23rd Street and will end at Tucson Police Headquarters on south Stone Avenue.
Today's protest follows a series of actions designed to draw attention to the collaborative efforts from Tucson police and Border Patrol.
The most recent action occurred Sunday, February 17th, when Raúl Alcaraz Ochoa lied down underneath a Border Patrol vehicle to prevent the deportation of René Huerta Meza, husband and father of six U.S. citizen children. René was just one of thousands of Tucson residents detained by TPD and subsequently deported this year, according to Hernandez.
Following the incident, Raúl Alcaraz Ochoa said, "As long as SB 1070 is enforced, and local police call Border Patrol or ICE on families, public safety will always be jeopardized."