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Local Latin leaders rally against area ICE raids downtown

They met at the Free Stamp Thursday morning.
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CLEVELAND -- Latin leaders from the Northeast Ohio community are gathering downtown at the Free Stamp as part of a rally against the recent ICE raids in the area.

WKYC streamed live from the rally. Watch it again below:

On Tuesday, nearly 150 undocumented workers were arrested during raids at four area Fresh Mark plants in Massillon, Canton and Salem. According to ICE, the raids were a result of a year-long investigation into Fresh Mark, who may have knowingly hired the undocumented workers. In 2002, a lawsuit against the company alleged Fresh Mark falsified employee records and social security cards.

RELATED | Years before ICE raids, suit filed against Fresh Mark for falsifying records of undocumented workers

More than 106 undocumented workers were arrested during raids at garden centers in Sandusky and Castalia earlier this month. Thirteen were released and the remainder will be deported, according to Veronica Dahlberg, founder of Hola Ohio, a local organization for Latino outreach.

MORE | Immigrants from Sandusky ICE raid to be deported

Activists also rallied on Cleveland's Public Square Wednesday evening to protest the treatment of migrants at the borders. Nationwide protests are scheduled for June 30.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order to keep migrant children with their families at the border. But defense lawyers said they had little idea what the president’s order would mean for the thousands of people who are being charged with minor immigration crimes, the legal reason the administration had given for separating them from their children.

Despite the executive order, the Trump administration continued to push Congress for a long-term fix to the border issues.

The House is scheduled to vote Thursday on two competing proposals for a sweeping overhaul of the immigration system: A hard-line proposal favored by conservatives, which would essentially enshrine the family separation policy into law, and a compromise bill put forward by House Speaker Paul Ryan that would seek to end the separations.

MORE | What's changed after Trump's immigration order: For families, for the military and for Congress

USA Today contributed to this report.