About 20 children picketed this morning in front of the White House to ask President Barack Obama to stop the deportations of their parents.

The children, who traveled from New Orleans and Massachusetts, led their own effort to reunite with their parents. “Barack Obama stop separating families, my father is in jail, I want him to be with us again and not be separated”, said Irma Morales, a 13-year-old girl whose dad has been detained for 5 months in Connecticut.

The march was part of the ongoing vigil staged by families of deportees at a park across Pennsylvania Ave. from the White House. “The children did not just come to accompany their parents, they are also concerned and want the president to act and they wanted to do an activity, they even sold toys to help pay for the traveling costs”, said Marisa Franco from the National Day Laborer Organizing Network.

--Reporting by Aurora Hernandez-Galliano, Telemundo