30 Protesters Arrested During March Against ICE In Times Square

Mike Sugerman
February 16, 2020 - 6:54 pm
Anti-ICE protest in Times Square

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Dozens of protesters were arrested after they blocked traffic in the heart of New York City on Sunday while demonstrating against U.S. immigration policies.

Police arrested 30 people on disorderly conduct charges after they sat in the intersection of Seventh Avenue and 42nd Street Sunday evening. Twenty of the protesters taken into custody were women and ten were men, the NYPD said.

They were among several hundred protesters who walked down 42nd Street from the New York Public Library. Many carried signs and chanted “abolish ICE” and “no human being can ever be illegal.”

Dozens of NYPD officers looked on during the loud but peaceful protest.

“Words are not enough,” said Donna Russo from Westchester. “More and more people have to show it—more than just doing something online or screaming in the streets.”

“Immigrants have been terrorized by the government and things are getting worse and worse,” Russo said. “We have to stand up for our brothers and sisters.”

Lisa Smith from Long Island watched nearby. She said she didn’t agree with the protesters. She thinks there should be enforcement against people who cross the borders without the proper paperwork.

“We pay their welfare. They’re collecting food stamps. They’re getting all this government s*** for free,” Smith said.

She said her grandparents were immigrants too. “We all came here. We were all immigrants. They came here legally,” she said.