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Undocumented Immigrants Divided Over Activists' Actions

NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 13:  Immigrant rights activist Diana Mejia and fellow protesters stage a demonstration in front of the Immi
NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 13: Immigrant rights activist Diana Mejia and fellow protesters stage a demonstration in front of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), office on June 13, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. Immigrant advocacy groups nationwide are scheduling protests ahead of Father's Day to draw attention to the high number family separations due to the deportation of parents as undocumented immigrants. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Some see them as heroes.

Others see them as misguided.

Immigration advocates are divided over nine undocumented immigrant activists who are in federal custody after their widely publicized attempt to cross into the United States from Mexico as a form of protest against the record number of deportations and to push for immigration reform.

The former president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, David Leopold, took to social media Saturday to express his misgivings over the immigrants’ decision to risk arrest and to challenge U.S. immigration laws.

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