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Rabbis, Pastors and Other Faith Leaders Arrested While Protesting Trump Policies in Los Angeles

Rabbi Jonathan Klein, who helped organized the protest, told the Los Angeles Times that demonstrating against U.S. President Trump’s immigration policies aligns directly with his faith

Members of the clergy from different denominations are arrested by police for blocking the road in front of the Federal Building in an act of civil disobedience as they joined activists protesting the visit of Attorney General Jeff Sessions as well as the Trump-administrations hard line immigration policies in Los Angeles, California on June 26, 2018
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Immigration activists, teachers and members of the clergy protested against U.S. President Donald Trump's tough stance on illegal immigration on Tuesday. The protests have been spurred by news and images of migrant children from Central America being separated from their parents after crossing the U.S. southern border under Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy.

In Los Angeles, California clergy members, including Rabbis, pastors and other faith leaders, lined up outside the federal court house building ahead of a visit by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. They were later seen being taken into custody in a series of planned arrests, local media reported.

Rabbi Jonathan Klein, who helped organized the protest, told the Los Angeles Times that demonstrating against U.S. President Trump’s immigration policies aligns directly with his faith.

Rabbis, Pastors and Other Faith Leaders Arrested While Protesting Trump Policies in Los Angeles

“We are building a just and sacred society,” Klein said. “My faith says I have no choice but to be here.”

In El Paso, Texas, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten joined activist groups and teachers to protest Trump's border policies.

Reuters contributed to this report

Members of the clergy from different denominations, including Father Richard Estrada (C), are arrested in an act of civil disobedience in Los Angeles, California on June 26, 2018.
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A  clergy member is arrested during a civil disobedience protest in front of Federal Courthouse in Los Angeles on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.
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Father Richard Estrada, second from right, is processed and put into a police van after being arrested with other clergy during a civil disobedience protest in front of Federal Courthouse in Los Angeles on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.
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A member of clergy group is arrested during a protest in front of Federal Courthouse in Los Angeles on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.
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Protestors carry signs and chant slogans in front of Federal Courthouse in Los Angeles on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.
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Members of a group of clergy hold hands and sing in the middle of the street during a civil disobedience protest in front of Federal Courthouse in Los Angeles on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.
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