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Concord, N.H.

Groups to call for halt to deportation

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Five New Hampshire faith-based and social groups are planning a ‘‘week of action’’ to protest the detention and deportation of immigrants who have not committed serious crimes. The groups are planning prayer vigils and educational events in Nashua, Dover, Durham, Manchester, and Concord beginning Monday. The groups also will be joining others at a vigil outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement building in Burlington, Mass., on Thursday. The slogan of the week of action is ‘‘Not One More.’’ Representatives of the groups say the immigrants whose detention and deportation they are protesting are those who would be eligible for the ‘‘path to citizenship’’ if immigration legislation passes. ‘‘The administration and ICE have stated repeatedly that their priority is detention and deportation of serious criminals, but according to the 2012 statistics, 45 percent of those who were deported had no criminal convictions at all,’’ said Eva Castillo, director of the N.H. Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees.