22 arrests made in New Orleans immigration protest
NEW ORLEANS - 22 arrests were made as a result of a protest in New Orleans by pro-immigration activists.
Several hundred demonstrators blocked a downtown New Orleans intersection Thursday to protest the tactics of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
The protest was organized by the New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice.
Center for Racial Justice executive director Saket Soni, said ICE has started a new program in the New Orleans area called the Criminal Alien Removal Initiative.
Soni said ICE has been conducting indiscriminate raids instead of targeting individuals with dangerous or criminal backgrounds.
Bryan Cox, an ICE spokesman in New Orleans, said the CARI program specifically targets people considered to be high-priority.