A simultaneous protest in San Francisco and Los Angeles was happening today to stop the deportation of refugees and immigrants by the U.S. government, and a group of activists who chained themselves together at Washington and Sansome Streets were put under arrest.
Protesters had signs that read "#ICE Out of SF" referring to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and "Stop Deportations, Sheriff Hennessy." The protest comes on the heels of an SF Weekly piece last week quoting Supervisor John Avalos about fears that Hennessy will fail to enforce San Francisco's Sanctuary City policy of not deporting or reporting illegal immigrants to ICE.
To be clear, no policy change has actually taken effect, and the Board of Supervisors unanimously reaffirmed the policy last October, in the wake of the nationally publicized case of Kathryn Steinle's killing on Pier 14.
Multiple tweets have arrived from the scene, and it's unclear how many arrests have been made. A simultaneous protest went down in downtown L.A.
The video below from Twitterer Kemi Bello shows the first arrests being made just after noon by the SFPD.