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3 protesters arrested outside of LBJ Civil Rights Summit

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Dozens of protesters greeted President Obama Thursday as he arrived at the University of Texas campus. They wanted to let the president know that the country needs immigration reform.

Three protesters who had chained themselves yesterday to a statue of Martin Luther King Junior performed an act of civil disobedience and were arrested.

Those at the protest say they want the president to act now and use executive orders to stop deportations.

"Talking about civil rights when millions of people are being separated from their families, kids are losing their mom, their dad, asking 'Where's mom? Where's dad?'” protester Isaac Chavez said. “How can you really say you're fighting for civil rights when so many people are being denied their basic civil rights of being with their family?"

Since President Obama has been in office, nearly 2 million people living illegally in the U.S. have been deported.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Wednesday he's re-evaluating deportation priorities to focus on national security and public safety.

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