Mexican children play in support of deportees at LA Metropolitan Detention Center

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A group of Mexican children between the ages of 5 and 16 raised their instruments in a chorus of holiday tunes outside the Metropolitan Detention Center on Alameda Street Wednesday morning. Representing Maqueos Music Academy, the band members played in support of deportees, some taking turns to speak in between songs.

Yulissa Maqueos, 14, daughter of the music academy director, said that several of her aunts and uncles have been deported. "I think what the government is doing is really unfair to other people, because it doesn’t let families stay together," she said. "Part of the big depression of everybody is that they're not together with family during holidays like Christmas, New Year's and all these celebrations."

Maqueos plays the clarinet and says she harbors dreams to go to the Juilliard School in New York City. "Knowing that I'm not born here just doesn't let me make my dream come true," she said.

The performance was not sanctioned by the center, and no deportation officials were present at the event to comment.

With contributions by Andrea Wang

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