DACA Protest in Westwood Shuts Down Intersection

A group of protesters came out with a bang Thursday morning in Westwood, blocking traffic and drawing officers in riot gear.

Why? Today marks the application deadline for young immigrants that are eligible to renew their work permits under the Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, according to CBS News.

Protesters are calling for an end to deportations and for an extension of the DACA program.

As of Thursday morning, about a quarter of DACA renewal-eligible people, or more than 118,000, have not submitted requests to renew, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

At around 10 a.m., the protesters managed to shut down the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Veterans Avenue, near the UCLA campus.

The intersection was reopened by 10:45 a.m., but traffic was snarled down the streets. Protesters continued to move up the sidewalk as a row of officers forming a wall followed along the street.

NBC News reports that at least one person was walked away from the scene in handcuffs. There are no reports of any injuries at this time.

Before making any arrests, the Los Angeles Police Department declared an unlawful assembly at the scene.

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