Groups rally at ASU, Phoenix against Trump's immigration policies

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Hundreds of people gathered at ASU's Old Main to protest Trump's policies. (Source: Fred Baker) Hundreds of people gathered at ASU's Old Main to protest Trump's policies. (Source: Fred Baker)
A group of people protested outside of Phoenix City Hall. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) A group of people protested outside of Phoenix City Hall. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Protesters held signs that said, "Stanton defy Trump." (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Protesters held signs that said, "Stanton defy Trump." (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
A group of protesters marched from Old Main at ASU to Mill Ave. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) A group of protesters marched from Old Main at ASU to Mill Ave. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
They marched from Old Main to Mill Ave. (Source: Fred Baker) They marched from Old Main to Mill Ave. (Source: Fred Baker)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Upset Arizonans came together on Thursday at Arizona State University's Tempe campus and in Phoenix to protest President Trump's restrictions on refugees and immigrants.

Puente Arizona helped organize a small group outside of Phoenix City Hall in the afternoon. They want the mayor to do more than just talk about standing up to Trump. They want action.

"We're asking the mayor today to rupture the relationship between the Phoenix Police Department and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement," said Carlos Garcia with Puente Arizona. "The current policy mandates racial profiling and is one of the worst in the entire country."

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton sharply criticized Trump on Wednesday and said Arizona will fight the federal government's attempt "to turn the Phoenix Police Department into a mass deportation force." He also said Phoenix will "remain a welcoming and diverse city that strives every day to treat residents with dignity and respect."

[READ MORE: Phoenix mayor criticizes President Trump's executive orders]

Garcia said while he applauds Stanton's words, he added Phoenix is not a sanctuary city and that the police department deports more illegal immigrants than any other department in Arizona.

"Our community does not trust the Phoenix Police Department," Garcia said.

Protesters held signs that said, "Stanton defy Trump."

Later in the evening, hundreds of different demonstrators gathered at ASU's Old Main to show support for immigration and refugee rights, attendees said.

[READ MORE: DHS temporarily halts overseas refugee interviews]

It was organized by Us United, a student-based advocacy and refugee support group at ASU.

The group then marched down University Drive and then Mill Avenue hoping to raise awareness.

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