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San Diego immigrant-rights group responds to Obama's action

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President Barack Obama announces executive actions on immigration during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. (AP) President Barack Obama announces executive actions on immigration during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. (AP)

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Dozens of advocates and activists came together Friday in San Diego to discuss President Obama's executive actions on immigration.

The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium says through marches and rallies they were able to demonstrate that our government can respond to social movements. As a result, around 5 million people in the country illegally, will be protected from deportation, equating to about 150,000 San Diegans.

The group says there's still a lot more work that needs to be done.

"We are ready, we are prepared and we are moving forward to insure that every single San Diegan that may qualify for the president's announcement gets the legal support that they need," Alliance San Diego Human Rights Director Christian Ramirez said.

The group has also been demanding reform of the U.S. Border Patrol, and wants agents that engage in wrongdoing brought to justice.

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