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Protesters block downtown street with sit-in

Demonstrators oppose Texas attorney general’s stance on DACA

People sitting the middle of a street
DACA demonstration sit-in
Via Facebook/Louis James DeShane

Demonstrators blocked traffic on 15th Street, which runs in front of the north side of the state Capitol building, with a sit-in to protest Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's joining the effort to “phase out” the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the Austin American-Statesman reported Wednesday.

The program, usually referred to as DACA, protects and assists undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children.

According to the Statesman, protesters began their demonstration outside Paxton’s office Wednesday morning, then marched to 15th Street, where some of them sat in the street, temporarily blocking traffic.

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers removed and detained the demonstrators holding the sit-in, according to the daily. Spectrum News reported that the protest, which included young immigrants as well as advocates and supporters, continued on the Capitol grounds.

Anti-Paxton protesters detained outside Texas Capitol during DACA sit-in [AAS]

Fifteen protesters arrested after demonstration defending DACA at capitol [Spectrum News]