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MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) – Immigrants across the country, and in South Florida, are joining forces in protest of a decision by the Obama administration to require local law enforcement to check the immigration status of individuals they arrest and book into jail.

The program, called Secure Communities, was voluntary until the Obama administration decided to make it mandatory in recent weeks.

Protesters planned to rally Tuesday afternoon outside of the Miami-Dade County Democratic headquarters in Miami Beach.

For its part, the Obama administration called the move common sense. Immigrant advocates say the program will make people more afraid to cooperate with authorities because they would fear they could be deported.

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