Independence Day Parade interrupted by protest of border conditions for migrants

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia police arrested 33 people who sat down in the middle of the city's Independence Day Parade. They were protesting conditions for migrant families on the U.S.-Mexican border. 

About 100 people gathered at Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters at 8th and Arch streets before marching to the parade. The protest was organized by Jewish activists, according to spokesperson Sarah Giskin.

"From our history, we know what happens when families are separated and people are rounded up and put in camps and dehumanized, and we don't want to wait to see what happens next," she said.

Nomi Teutsch brought her 2-month-old twins.

"As a grandchild of Holocaust survivors and a new mother, myself, it felt important to me to come together as a family and stand up for families being able to stay togehter," she said.

Police are taking several protesters into custody. Looks like they made their way to the Independence Day parade route on Market St. @KYWNewsradio

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The group moved to Independence Mall, where 33 of the protestors staged a brief sit-in before being led away by police. 

"I'd say it was pretty good on the Fourth of July," he said. "Some people exercised their First Amendment rights, and they were arrested in a very, very peaceful, cooperative manner. And we're back up with this great parade," said  Deputy Police Commissioner Joe Sullivan.