Protesters shut down traffic on Golden Gate Bridge to call for immigration reform

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Protesters obstructed the Golden Gate Bridge on Thursday to bring attention to what they said is "20 years of failed promises" on immigration reform from lawmakers.

Demonstrators parked their cars on the bridge, blocking traffic, before getting out to stand with signs at around 7 a.m., footage from the protest showed.

Several people spoke about their experiences with the immigration system during the protest.


“We are escalating our actions and our undocumented families are risking arrest and possibly deportation to send the message we can no longer wait,” said Luis Angel Reyes Savalza, a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program recipient and undocumented immigrant, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

“The immigrant community has endured a politics of fear from both Democrats and Republicans over the last 20 years, from horrific family separations to for-profit detention, which has skyrocketed beyond recognition, inhumane treatment inside detention centers, and caging children at the border,” Reyes Savalza said.

“We were called essential workers, and yet both the Trump and Biden administrations excluded undocumented families from stimulus relief,” he added.

A sign held by protesters read “Override the Parliamentarian,” referring to the decision made by Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough to remove immigration components from Congress's $3.5 trillion social spending package.

California Highway Patrol reportedly shut down the demonstration and restored the flow of traffic by 8:30 a.m. Trucks were used to tow the obstructing cars off the bridge.


The demonstration was reportedly organized by the Movement for Citizenship for All and the Bay Area Coalition for Economic Justice and Citizenship for All.

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Original Author: Matthew Miller

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