Immigration Activists Stop Bus Leaving Arizona Deportation Facility

Federal authorities arrested six immigration activists who chained themselved to a gate and blocked a bus from leaving an immigration and detention facility in downtown Phoenix Wednesday night, AZ Central reported.

Yadira Garcia, a 24-year-old undocumented immigrant and Arizona State University graduate, was arrested after federal officers used bolt cutters to remove the logging chains that wrapped around her waist and attatched her to a gate at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility. 

Garcia told AZ Central she was a little anxious about her decision to protest in this way, “but I’m fine with it because I know why I’m doing this and I believe in it.”The activists were connected to the Arizona Dream Act Coalition, an affiliate of United We Dream, according to a press release from the organization. All were released later that night.

BuzzFeed collected photos from the event here.

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