Anti-ICE protesters marched on Market Street in San Francisco

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Protesters Bar Entrance To Pelosi's SF Office

Activists express outrage about treatment of migrants

Matt Bigler
July 05, 2019 - 11:12 am

SAN FRANCISCO — A group of noisy demonstrators blocked the entrance to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office in San Francisco on Friday in an effort to draw attention to what they called inhumane conditions in border detention centers.

Hundreds of protesters marched along Market Street to Pelosi's office in the federal building where they blocked the main entrance with large banners that read "Close the Camps" and "Never Again Is Now."

The demonstration was organized by the Jewish group Never Again Action.

"Growing up I've heard the messages of "never again" and I refuse to wait until it's too late to uphold that promise," said 15-year-old activist Maera Klein.

Jill Marcellus with Never Again Action said the conditions in the migrant border camps were akin to torture.

"Two transgender women have died in the past year in ICE and CBP custody," she said referring to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection. "It is urgent that we take action."

Customs and Border Protection has said it is working to improve conditions in migrant detention centers.

Pelosi's office released a statement saying "the current situation at the border is shameful and does not reflect America's values," and that Democrats would continue to confront President Trump over harmful policies.