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9 arrested at immigration rally in Hartford

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An immigration rally shut down part of Main Street in Hartford on Monday. (WFSB) An immigration rally shut down part of Main Street in Hartford on Monday. (WFSB)

Frustrated by the U.S. Supreme Court's immigration vote last week, which ended in a 4-4 deadlock, activists held a protest in downtown Hartford Monday.

The vote blocked the Obama administration's effort to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation.

Officials said the ruling puts more than 4 million people in question.

The Supreme Court's vote took place on Thursday.

The decision affirms a lower court's ruling that blocked the administration's 2014 programs from moving forward.

President Barack Obama blasted the result and called it heartbreaking for millions of people. He reassured that those in fear that there is little risk for them being deport as long a they haven't committed a crime.

Since the court's announcement, rallies have popped up across the country, including a recent one in New Haven.

On Monday, more will rally at the Federal Building in Hartford.

A group called the Connecticut Immigration Rights Alliance said it organized the effort.

It said one of its demands is justice for immigrant communities.

"Families are being wrecked. They're being torn apart and that's not fair for anyone. Not for American citizens, for undocumented residents or undocumented immigrants, it's not fair for anyone. It's playing God with people's lives. It's just cruel," said Jesus Morales Sanchez. 

The rally was held outside the Federal Courthouse at 3:30 p.m. About 150 people gathered downtown, and about nine were arrested.

Advocates, unions and community groups attended.

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