The federal government shutdown has prompted a sudden halt to many services. You can't visit national parks (unless, you are in Utah, but the state there is covering the costs during the lapse in appropriations), you can't contact the IRS for issues and concerns or obtain your refunds (although you are expected to keep mailing in the checks), you can't get small business loans and you can't watch the PandaCam. What you CAN do, however, is get deported.
Tucson, AZ is one of the areas with highest unauthorized entries into the United States. In a bigotted effort to cease these attempts, Tucson also counts with Operation Streamline, a daily court process in which 70 migrants detained at the border are processed in a matter of minutes and then deported after serving sentences ranging from days to months.
Escalating organizing efforts around immigrants rights, however, saw about a dozen activist in Tucson arrested this Monday morning when they chained themselves to the wheels of buses transporting detained migrants or the court fences where they would be processed. These activists saw immigrant rights under attack, so they stood up and fought back. Their efforts and demands where enough to cancel the hearings of these migrants for today, buying the migrants some days before they may be tried again on Monday.
To obtain more detailed information on today's action and view tweeted pictures, follow this link: http://www.fronterasdesk.org/content/9111/activists-tucson-halt-deportation-hearings-protest
**Image provided in this story not taken at today's protest**