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Protesters Calling For Closure Of U.S. Border Camps Arrested At Philadelphia Fourth Of July Parade

PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) – Police say 33 people protesting the treatment of migrants and asylum seekers were cited after briefly interrupting a Fourth of July parade in Philadelphia on Thursday morning. Hundreds of people gathered outside the Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Philadelphia demanding the closure of detention camps at the United States-Mexico border.

The Never Again Action, a Jewish-led group, organized the protest that began at 10 a.m.

PHOTOS: 33 Arrested At Immigration Protest At Philadelphia's Fourth Of July Parade

They marched from ICE Philadelphia to the Fourth of July parade at Independence Hall.

Images from the scene show officers preventing protesters from traveling further onto the lawn of the Independence Visitor Center.

"We've reached the Philadelphia 4th of July parade, where we're met with a three-deep line of police blocking our progress. We're here to say that we cannot ignore reality and pretend like we're all free in America when we know that's not true," Never Again Action said in a tweet.

The protesters are calling for elected officials to permanently close detention camps at the border and provide permanent protection for all undocumented immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

A live stream of the protest was posted on Never Again Action's Facebook page.

#NeverAgainIsNow Action at Philadelphia July 4th Parade

BREAKING: ≈36 #JewsAgainstICE and allies were just arrested blocking the Philadelphia 4th of July parade, because #NeverAgainMeans making it impossible for our country to ignore what is being done in our name #NeverAgainParaNadie #shutdownberks #PhillyAgainstICE As Jews, we understand that the Holocaust is not an untouchable moment in time. It serves as an important reference for understanding the ways that white supremacy functions over multiple axes and offers us tools forged in hindsight to identify dehumanization tactics and, yes, concentration camps, where they currently exist. Until our politicians take real action to shut down ICE, and create safe conditions for immigrants and asylum seekers, we will continue to make it impossible for ICE to do business as usual. To learn more about our plan to take action all over the country, join our mass call on July 8th:

Posted by Never Again Action on Thursday, July 4, 2019

Police said some members of the group briefly interrupted the Salute to America parade. There were no injuries or property damage, according to police.

(©Copyright 2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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