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Some immigration protesters pay a hefty price

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CHICAGO - People who skipped work, class or other events to take part in pro-immigration events are sometimes paying a heavy price. And it's caused organizers of future events to consider scheduling them on the weekend to avoid any further repercussions.

In Houston, six employees at a seafood restaurant were fired this week for skipping work to take part in a pro-immigration march. In Detroit, 21 immigrants lost their jobs as meat cutters after attending a similar protest last month. And several students at a high school near Tampa, Florida were suspended for walking out of class to take part in a demonstration. There may have been at least one tragic conclusion to threatened punishment. The family of a 14-year-old Los Angeles-area boy claims he committed suicide because he was threatened by a school official for participating in immigration protests. However, school officials are disputing that claim.

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