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Arrested Statehouse Protesters Will Not Be Deported

A crowd gathered outside the Criminal Justice Center in Fountain Square in Indianapolis Wednesday to show support for five undocumented immigrants following their release from jail. The five were arrested Monday for misdemeanor trespassing after entering Governor Daniels‘ office and refusing to leave during a protest of two immigration-related bills. Daniels signed both into law on Tuesday.

The group of supporters outside the courtroom included the Reverend Stephen Carlsen of Christ Church Cathedral. He said two of the five who were arrested have been active members of the congregation for more than 10 years, singing in the church choir and participating in youth group activities.

“They’ve grown up as Hoosiers in this state and really deserve the same kind of chances that every other child has…especially good kids like this who are a part of their church and university. It would be a shame to have kids with this kind of potential denied the opportunities afforded to every other Hoosier,” Carlsen said.

All the defendants were held in the Marion County jail while immigration and customs enforcement reviewed their status. Immigration and customs enforcement has removed its hold on them and will not pursue deportation.

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