Immigration Reform Rally Blocks Traffic Downtown

By Camden Swita May 20, 2010

An immigration reform rally  blocked traffic along Madison Street between Second Avenue and Fourth Avenue downtown this afternoon.

The rally, which began at 11 a.m. at the Jackson Federal Building on Second Avenue, was staged by Washington Immigration Reform Coalition, the same group that put on the rally in Occidental Park in April. Similar rallies were scheduled for today in D.C., New York and Los Angeles. Protesters want federal policy that would make it easier for illegal immigrants to become American citizens.

Protestors first blocked access to elevators in a downtown office building that houses Seattle offices of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), but soon spilled out into the street.

I've got a call into the Seattle Police Department regarding any arrests, or what they plan to do in response to the rally, but so far no arrests have been reported. The Seattle Times reports that police have been following the protestors closely as they move up Madison Street and that some protesters intend to be arrested, including King County Councilmember Larry Gossett.
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