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Activists Protesting Controversial Immigration Program Arrested After Staging a Sit-in at Federal Building Downtown

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At least six activists demanding an end to the Secure Communities immigration enforcement program were arrested on Wednesday, while staging a sit-in at the Edward R. Roybal federal building downtown.Outside there were nearly 200 supporters protesting outside of the federal building where immigrants are prepared for deportation. Some protestors blocked a ramp used by immigration buses, according to the Los Angeles Times.

One of the activists Mohammad Abdollahi told Fox News Latino that officers detained five undocumented students and graduates and one supporter and released them several hours later. He said three activists who rallied outside were arrested by police for failing to disperse.

The arrests were made by the Federal Protective Service, which is in charge of security at federal buildings, while Los Angeles police were also monitoring the protest.