Downtown LA immigrant rights protest ends in 14 arrests

A demonstration at the Federal Detention Center in downtown Los Angeles to protest Arizona's new immigration law and call for amnesty for everyone in the country illegally ended with the arrests of 14 protesters.

Some of the protesters blocked traffic at Commercial and Alameda streets late this morning, resulting in 14 arrests, said Officer April Harding of the Los Angeles Police Department.

"They formed a chain in the middle of the street,'' Harding said, adding that protesters planned for the arrests to happen.

The group was taken into custody and booked for resisting, obstructing and delaying investigations of a peace officer, Harding said.

The activists said in a statement released via e-mail that they were protesting Arizona's recently enacted SB 1070 and other federal, state, and local immigration enforcement laws.

"This detention center symbolizes the incarceration and internment of so many immigrants and the separation of families,'' the statement read.

"We are here in solidarity with the millions of undocumented immigrants and Latinos and other people of color labeled as illegal because of how they look and whose humanity is being denied by the inability to provide documentation proving their status,'' the statement says.

The group called for "an immediate and unconditional regularization (legalization) of the millions of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., the immediate repeal of SB 1070, an end to all racial profiling and the criminalization of communities of color, an end to ICE and police collaboration
and an end to immigration raids, detentions and deportations.''

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