Published: Jul 01, 2011 8:44 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 01, 2011 7:44 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) - Community and immigrant advocacy groups participated in a national effort to protest Georgia's new immigration laws with a silent theater performance in downtown Miami.

The demonstrators, which included several dozen students, say the Friday afternoon event was aimed at getting Obama to halt the "criminalization of immigrants," who can be more easily detained under the new Georgia law. It was also aimed at getting major shareholders like Wells Fargo to divest their holdings from private companies that run immigrant detention centers for the U.S. government.

Companies like Corrections Corporation of America and the Geo Group donated significantly to the politicians who passed Georgia's recent law, and CCA is looking to build one of the country's largest immigration detention centers in Broward County.

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