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July 31, 2019

Protesters Block International Tunnel Near Debate to Challenge Bipartisan Immigration Policy
By Daniel Moritz-Rabson

Demonstrators briefly shut down a major thoroughfare between the U.S. and Canada near the site of the Democratic debate on Wednesday in protest of the country's immigration policies and the separation of migrant children from their parents. A spokesperson for the immigrant rights group Cosecha, which organized the protest, told Newsweek that 21 people had been arrested. Detroit police did not immediately comment. The protest, which took place in front of the Detroit-Windsor tunnel, was the latest action organized by migrant rights group Cosecha to publicly raise objections with U.S. immigration policy. The activists were quickly arrested after sitting down to prevent access to the tunnel, which more than 1.4 million vehicles traveled on last year, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Last month, The Detroit Free Press reported that immigrants in Michigan are arrested by ICE at the 2nd-highest rate in the country with at least 100,000 undocumented individuals, citing statistics compiled by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. The compilation reviewed arrests from the start of the 2017 fiscal year until May 2018, and found that 1,498 immigrants had been arrested.

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