Nearly 100 protesters were arrested on Saturday, Aug. 10, outside Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in New York City for blocking a highway.
Some protesters can be seen linking arms and sitting in the roadway, while some others cheered, chanted “ICE lurks here,” which blocked parts of the West Side Highway.
Some parts of the West Side Highway near 26th Street were temporarily shut down due to the protest for about an hour before the lanes were reopened.
New York City emergency notification notified locals on Saturday of the incident.
Due to protest, all lanes of the West Side Highway are closed at West 26th Street in both directions in Manhattan. Consider alt routes. Multilingual & ASL link: https://t.co/KVVnlbeL5T.
— NYCEM – Notify NYC (@NotifyNYC) August 10, 2019
The protesters told CBS2 news outlet that the demonstration was in response to the recent ICE operation in Mississippi where nearly 700 illegal aliens were detained by ICE.
ICE is under close scrutiny amid reports of migrant families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border and unsanitary conditions at detention facilities. Many Republicans blamed it was part of policies that began under President Obama’s administration .
Those arrested Saturday were charged with disorderly conduct and released.