Colorado boy arrested during DC immigration protests

KUSA - An Adams County boy was among more than 2 dozen people arrested outside the U.S. Capitol during an immigration protest.

Kolby Bautista-Lopez, 12, traveled to Washington with his mother, Guadalupe Lopez to attend Wednesday's rally which called for an end to deportations. Both of Kolby's parents face to deportation to Mexico. They have hearings scheduled for October.

At the rally, chanting protesters wore red shirts with the slogan "Stop Separating Families." They locked arms and sat down in the street in the rain before Capitol Police rounded them up and loaded them in vans.

Bautista-Lopez was among the 25 people taken away for civil disobedience. Protest organizers say none of those arrested will be charged.

"I feel scared because he is 12-years-old," said Kolby's mother Guadalupe Lopez. "He's my baby."

Her son was proud to be a part of the movement.

"I feel happy because I help my mom and dad," he said. "He and she have the deportation process [started].

Activists are keeping up a drumbeat of protests around the Capitol, on the National Mall and outside the White House to pressure President Barack Obama to take action to curb record-high deportations by his administration. Those efforts come at a time comprehensive immigration reform is stalled in the GOP-led House.

"It is scary," said Bautista-Lopez. "My mom and dad face deportation to Mexico. I need my mom and my dad because I have a future here."

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)


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