Protesters arrested after blocking LRT near Fort Snelling

Small group demonstrating against immigrant deportations

May 22, 2018 - 9:58 am

One by one, police are arrested and removed more than a dozen protesters who blocked the Blue Line light rail train in south Minneapolis near Fort Snelling on Tuesday morning.

Other protesters replaced those who were taken away, and they were also arrested. After about 15 minutes, the tracks were clear, and the trains began rolling again about 10:30 a.m.

Blue line trains between Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport's Terminal 1 and 46th Street were shut down for nearly two hours. 

Metro Transit buses were brought in to replace light rail service to places like Fort Snelling and the Veterans Administration Hospital.

The protesters are members of the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee, which is calling for the end of deportations in Minnesota.

"The very road we're sitting on right now, ICE uses these roads to bring people to immigration court, where they receive deportation orders," Pastor Daniel Romero told WCCO television's Mary McGuire while sitting on top of a light rail track. "We're making sure that doesn't happen today."

The protest site was near the Whipple Federal Building, which is where Immigration and Customs Enforcement have offices.