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July 19, 2014

Few turn out for immigration protest in Columbia; others planned Saturday around SC

Fewer than a dozen people had turned out by lunchtime Saturday at a planned immigration protest in Columbia.

Fewer than a dozen people had turned out by lunchtime Saturday at a planned immigration protest in Columbia.

The anti-immigration political group Americans for Legal Immigration planned the protest from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on the St. Andrews Road overpass on I-26. Protests were planned Friday and Saturday in several other S.C. cities, among them Charleston, Florence, Myrtle Beach and Greenville, as part of a series of demonstrations taking place nationwide this weekend.

A Friday gathering on an overpass on I-26 in Charleston drew about a dozen protesters.

The planned demonstrations are a reaction to a recent crisis at the Mexico border where more than 50,000 Central American youth have entered the country illegally.

The group says the federal government is illegally bringing the youth to various states and housing them.

Gov. Nikki Haley announced Thursday that none of the youth are being sheltered in S.C. facilities.

Sarah Ellis; Post and Courier contributed.

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