Deportations to be protested

Charlotte’s Latin American Coalition will lead a march in uptown on Saturday, calling for the nation to stop deportations of immigrants who do not have legal status.

Agency officials predict as many as 1,500 will attend the event, which seeks to bring attention to the damage deportations are creating by separating immigrant families.

The march will start at 2 p.m. at Veterans Park, 2136 Central Ave., and follow Central Avenue to Marshall Park at 800 E. Third St. in uptown. A rally at the park begins at 5 p.m.

Participants will include the North Carolina and South Carolina Committees for Immigration Reform, organizers said.

The event is being staged at a time when Charlotte officials are working to make the city “more welcoming” of immigrants, including the recent creation of an Immigrant Integration Task Force.

Task force members are investigating policies that the City Council can adopt to improve immigrant life in Charlotte, including making it easier for immigrants to start businesses.

Leaders of the task force have said they may include statements on comprehensive immigration reform in their final report, though experts say it would have no impact on federal immigration laws.