Immigrant Protesters Block Bridge To Create Traffic Nightmare

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A group of immigrant rights protesters attempted to make their case that immigrants are good for America Wednesday morning by chaining themselves together and blocking traffic on a busy bridge at the height of rush hour.

Ten people were arrested for the stunt, after they blocked several lanes on the inbound upper level of the George Washington Bridge, backing up traffic at one of the area’s most important crossings between New York and New Jersey.

Even after the highway was cleared and re-opened, officials announced that it will take at least 90 minutes for traffic to get back to normal.  In turn, it has also impacted the bus transportation system.

The protesters are reportedly part of the Laundry Workers Center organization.   Using the hashtags #WeAreVisible and #SomosVisible on social media, they are planning a rally in Union Square Park Wednesday night.

“Our work aims to combat abuses such as landlord negligence, wage theft, and hazardous and exploitative working conditions, all of which are endemic in low-income communities in New York City and New Jersey,” their Facebook page says.

 

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