Painesville Immigrants Protest in Downtown Cleveland

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Painesville is home to a large and vibrant immigrant community, making the city one of the fastest growing cities in the region and one of the most diverse and unique locales in Northeast Ohio.

Scene took a look at the immigrants and how they've shaped Painesville in a 2007 cover story ["The Superior Americans"]. Some are here legally, others are not.

On Tuesday, about 100 Hispanic immigrants from Painesville gathered in Cleveland to protest authorities targeting those in their city. Late last week, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced 300,000 deportation will be reviewed, and those in Painesville are concerned.

Via the PD:

"The immigration office get assistance from police departments," Dahlberg said. "Sometimes people get stopped for minor infractions and they don't even get a ticket. But once the police book them over and they find out they're undocumented, they get reported to immigration."

Authorities sought to assuage the immigrants concerns.

"Our continued focus is on effective immigration enforcement that prioritizes efforts first on those serious criminal aliens who present the greatest risk to the security of our communities, not sweeps or raids to target undocumented immigrants indiscriminately," said Khaalid Walls, of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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