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USA: Several arrested as protesters in NYC slam US immigration raids01:50

USA: Several arrested as protesters in NYC slam US immigration raids

United States, New York City
January 8, 2016 at 05:07 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of people demonstrated outside the Immigration Court in New York City, Friday, to protest against the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency's policy of raiding and deporting undocumented immigrants, after agents of ICE raided the homes of over 120 people scheduled for forced deportation.

A group of protesters blocked the streets, using cement-filled 'sleeves' to lock themselves together. Police made several arrests after cutting the 'sleeves' to separate the protesters.

One of the protest organisers criticised the ICE agency, saying "we need to shed light to what ICE has been doing to our communities, terrorising our communities and forcing our families apart," with another speaker adding "not only are they tearing apart families, they are teaching our children to fear police and that is not right."

Last weekend, agents from ICE raided homes in Texas, Georgia and North Carolina, detaining 121 people scheduled for deportation. The raids, conducted by the Obama administration, have been condemned by a number of Democratic lawmaker.

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Hundreds of people demonstrated outside the Immigration Court in New York City, Friday, to protest against the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency's policy of raiding and deporting undocumented immigrants, after agents of ICE raided the homes of over 120 people scheduled for forced deportation.

A group of protesters blocked the streets, using cement-filled 'sleeves' to lock themselves together. Police made several arrests after cutting the 'sleeves' to separate the protesters.

One of the protest organisers criticised the ICE agency, saying "we need to shed light to what ICE has been doing to our communities, terrorising our communities and forcing our families apart," with another speaker adding "not only are they tearing apart families, they are teaching our children to fear police and that is not right."

Last weekend, agents from ICE raided homes in Texas, Georgia and North Carolina, detaining 121 people scheduled for deportation. The raids, conducted by the Obama administration, have been condemned by a number of Democratic lawmaker.

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