ICE protestors block road near MSP, citations issued

Updated: July 30, 2019 11:07 PM

A protest near the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport ended with citations Tuesday night.

The protestors called for the end of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and detention centers at the border.  

They also want permanent status given to all immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. 

The protest lasted more than three-and-a-half hours, ending at about 7:45 p.m. The group that gathered said they were prepared to get arrested because they were extremely dedicated to the cause. 

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"This isn't something that we can stand for," said Mia Freiberg, a protestor. "Our Judaism calls us to stand up for others fight for what is just in the world."

She is a first generation American and, like many of the protestors, Jewish.

The protest blocked off the road for hours during rush hour, frustrating commuters.

"What is also inconvenient is fleeing violence from a mandated government, fleeing violence from a country you call home and being forced into cages and separated from your family," she said. 

"People are literally dying so sitting in your car for a few hours for me, if you're not with us you're against us."

People of all ages turned out to demonstrate, including 62-year-old Stacey Durian-Sherman.

"We may all be too late if we don't all get together and protest these immigration policies and these other policies that are affecting every one of us," said Durian-Sherman. "What would we have done in 1939? That is the question I ask."

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"Whatever our courage is, we have to find it in these times," she added.

At least 20 people were cited for unlawful assembly-intent to commit an unlawful act. The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office wrote the citations from four cruisers parked next to each other. They called the protestors over one at a time.

"I'm going to fight it because this is definitely a lawful ethical-moral assembly," said Durian-Sherman.

The sheriff's office has not confirmed the total number of people written up.

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