8 immigration protesters arrested in front of immigration detention center

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Members of the Aguila family join others to demonstrate against Arizona's tough new immigration laws at a large rally in Phoenix on May 29, 2010.

SANTA ANA -- Eight pro-immigration activists who chained themselves together in front of an immigration detention facility in Santa Ana today were arrested.

About 40 protesters marched around the eight others who linked themselves together with pipes and bolts as they sat on Santa Ana Boulevard, said Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.

"They jumped out in front of cars on Santa Ana Boulevard in front of the (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) detention facility east of Flower Street,'' Bertagna said.

The protesters, who object to Arizona's new immigration law, began gathering about 10 a.m. and the eight were arrested between 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. as police worked to take apart the chain made of PVC pipe, bolts and tape, Bertagna said.

"After the 10-minute mark, everybody except the group bolted together exited,'' Bertagna said.

A Santa Ana officer in an unmarked squad car first noticed the protest, Bertagna said.

The group had no permit to protest, according to Bertagna.

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