[ View the story "Immigration rights activists in Tucson block deportation buses" on Storify] Immigration rights activists in Tucson block deportation buses Protesters call for an end to federal government's Operation Streamline program.
AJAMStream· Fri, Oct 11 2013 14:29:09
BREAKING: Activists with @ndlon physically blocking ICE deportation buses in AZ, chanting #not1more http://twitter.com/ndlon/status/388693855257636865/photo/1Sally Kohn
President Obama can stop deportations, until that happens, he is the deporter in chief #not1more #shutdownice http://twitter.com/ndlon/status/388702720023990272/photo/1NDLON
As protestors block deportation buses, detainees inside show chains, pray 4 relief: notonemoredeportation.com/2013/10/10/tuc… #not1more http://twitter.com/ndlon/status/388696345017475072/photo/1NDLON
Starting to cut ppl locked to bus tires out! 4 hours into Op. Streamline SHUTDOWN! #Not1more instagram.com/p/fVkXD2uwYx/Marty Willie Maze
Still going #shutdownice #not1moredaylaborernetwork
In an email to The Stream, NDLON member Marisa Franco
shared her group's goal: “Under the President’s administration, nearly two million families have been torn apart through detention and deportation. Our communities can no longer wait for the president to rediscover his moral compass or for Congress to actually do its job. We will do what any mother or father would do and keep our families together by preventing ICE from being able to tear them apart.”
Activists at the demonstration reported that Tucson police made arrests, removed journalists, and planned to use saws to remove the chains of protesters from the buses.
Group chants, "Familias, Si! Streamline, no!" As participants continue to get arrested. #not1more #operationstreamlineNDLON
#tucson police arresting protestors who were blocking wheels of buses w/ #immigration detainees So far peaceful move http://twitter.com/Fer_Echavarri/status/388728658090672128/photo/1Fernanda Echavarri
#Tucson police are removing journalists from the #immigration protest. Threaten arrest.Hipolito Corella
#ICE is going to literally saw off the chains from the protesters in order to break the chains that are now connected to the buses #not1moreLeo Murrieta
Organizers also reported on Twitter that Friday's Operation Streamline deportation hearing was already cancelled.
Operation Streamline CANCELLED today, Isabel Garcia confirms! Watch shutdown live: http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/2013/10/10/tucson/ #immigration #not1more #latismNDLON
Operation Streamline was cancelled for today! Let's cancel it forever!! #Not1More #shutdownICE #NoOperationStreamlineDanya دانيا
Some individuals praised the Tucson police for stepping in and stopping the action.
Hoping #Tucson police make short work of the protesters. I wouldnt support them just for doing something this stupid. #immigration #not1moreGary Beeson
Thank you, brave officers of @Tucson_Police, for risking your safety to deal with today's inane protest.Steve Spain
The protest in Tucson comes just days after a major immigration reform rally occurred in Washington, DC where prominent Democratic congressmen were
. The current immigration reform bill is with the House of Representatives, awaiting a