Immigration protest blocks downtown traffic

More than a dozen immigrant rights advocates chained themselves together in San Francisco’s Financial District Tuesday morning to protest what they say are cruel raids by federal authorities on Central American refugees.

Ten protesters began blocking Sansome and Washington streets and six others were blocking Sansome and Jackson streets shortly after 10 a.m. and remained there an hour later.

The protest is part of a statewide day of action, including a similar rally in Los Angeles, held by groups including the Immigration Youth Coalition, the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance and other immigrant rights organizations.

About 200 people were at the San Francisco rally this morning to call on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to recognize Central American asylum seekers as refugees and stop what they say are inhumane deportations. The YouTube ID of Insert video URL or ID here is invalid.