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Non-Profit Fights for Valley Families Facing Deportation

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Employees and volunteers with non-profit Virginia Organizing reached out to the Hispanic community on Saturday to fight deportation and stop families from being separated.

Virginia Organizing works to fight what’s called 287-G.

It’s a law that the group claims is responsible for deporting nearly 300 undocumented people in the Valley.

Adriana Lara Rios is fighting to have her brother, Cesar, released from detention before he gets deported.

“When I found out he was in jail, I didn’t know what to do,” Rios said.

Rios said her brother was picking up firewood when a forest ranger stopped by.

Cesar didn’t have documentation of his citizenship, and he’s spent the past three months in jail.

“I felt really sad, because I’m really close to my brother,” Rios said.

Rios has a petition of her own to help gain support for her brother.

She said 287-G affects her family and that people in the Valley have their own stories to tell.

Volunteers hope their message can reach more people in similar situations.

Rios has her own message for her brother.

“I love him a lot and I miss him.”

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