- Associated Press - Thursday, June 23, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The Latest on the Phoenix protest sparked by a Supreme Court decision on immigration (all times local):

1:45 p.m.

Phoenix police have arrested four people for blocking parts of a major downtown road at a protest outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement building in Phoenix.

Police moved the crowd off the street at around 12:30 p.m., but four protesters remained including two who chained themselves to ladders.

Activists cheered as handcuffed protesters were placed into squad cars and then calmly dispersed shortly after.

Phoenix police spokesman J. R. Holmes says authorities wanted to protect protesters’ free speech rights but also ensure road safety. He says another concern was making sure everyone was properly hydrated.

Dozens of activists gathered in the street around 11 a.m. to voice dismay at a Supreme Court decision blocking President Barack Obama’s plan to shield millions living in the U.S. illegally from deportation.

12:28 p.m.

Protesters are gathering outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement building in Phoenix to voice their dismay at a Supreme Court decision blocking President Barack Obama’s plan to shield millions living in the U.S. illegally from deportation.

More than 60 activists blocked parts of Central Avenue, a major thoroughfare, just north of downtown just before noon. They are carrying signs in sweltering heat and chanting in Spanish and English. About two dozen more stood on the sidewalk in the shade.

Phoenix police officers were monitoring the scene but no arrests have been made.

The action came hours after the nation’s high court deadlocked on an Obama administration appeal of a lower court decision that blocks his 2014 plan. Texas led Arizona and other Republican-dominated states in challenging the Obama program.

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