Dozens of anti-ICE protesters arrested in Times Square

Samantha Liebman
February 16, 2020 - 6:33 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Dozens of protesters were arrested in Times Square on Sunday as they demonstrated against Immigration and Customs Enforcement and companies they say are profiting off of U.S. policy towards undocumented people.

About 200 protesters marched from the New York Public Library to the headquarters of Thompson Reuters in Times Square on Sunday evening.

Activists have accused Thompson Reuters, the parent company of the Reuters news agency, of giving immigration authorities data on undocumented immigrants as part of federal contracts worth millions of dollars.

“They’re collecting and selling data—anything from license plate scanning data to utilities to cell phone registries to social media posts,” one woman said through a megaphone as people shouted “shame!”

“Companies have large contracts with ICE. They are profiting from the detention and deportation,” the woman continued.

“They’re directly profiting off of immigration abuses, off of this brutality, off of this ethnic cleansing that’s happening,” a man in the protest said. “They need to immediately cancel all of these contracts with ICE.”

The protest was peaceful, but NYPD officers arrested at least 30 people after they sat down in the middle of Seventh Avenue and 42nd Street and refused to budge. They face charges of disorderly conduct.

There have been similar protests against other companies, including Amazon and Microsoft, in New York City and recent months.

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