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8 arrested in NJ immigrant detention protest

12-10-13

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — Eight people have been arrested after attempting to block access to an immigration detention facility in northern New Jersey.

The eight were among a group of about 60 protesters who formed a human chain outside a detention center in Elizabeth on Tuesday.

Gabriela Benitez with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network tells The Star Ledger (http://bit.ly/1bUI5mD ) that the protesters lay across the roadway in the snow to protest a high number of deportations.

The protesters linked arms using sections of PVC pipe in an effort to stop buses from leaving the detention center with deportees.

Police told the group they had a right to protest but would be arrested if they blocked the road.

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Information from: The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger, http://www.nj.com