Sheila McLaughlin reports:
Six people who chained themselves to the front door of the Butler County Sheriff’s Office in a protest the detention of undocumented immigrants at the jail were arrested Thursday.
Sheriff’s officials gave protesters one more opportunity to leave before using bolt cutters to free them from the doors. They were led away in zip ties. Protesters were warned that they would be arrested.
The six from North Carolina were among about two dozen protesters from United We Dream, a national immigrant youth network that staged the noon protest to to catch attention from House Speaker John Boehner, a West Chester Republican, and President Barack Obama to stop deportations because it splits up families.
The Butler County Jail houses undocumented immigrants for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
United We Dream identified the arrested protesters as Yash Mori, Parth Thaker, Maura Pereira, Oliver Merino, Luis Garcia and Lizette Diaz. Spokesman Mario Carrillo said they were charged with disorderly conduct, a fourth-degree misdemeanor. It is unclear immediately whether they will have to appear in Hamilton Municipal Court and when.
Sheriff’s officials were not immediately available.
A press release from the organization indicated protesters knew they could be arrested and took the risk.
“As both Speaker Boehner and President Obama spend the holidays with their families, we’re here to remind them that we’re fighting for ours and all those who are separated,” said Antonio Castanon, a member of United We Dream’s National Coordinating Committee and leader with Youth Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform in Georgia.