- Associated Press - Thursday, October 29, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Six people were led away late Thursday by Raleigh police after they blocked vehicle rush-hour traffic in front of North Carolina’s Executive Mansion to protest a bill signed by Gov. Pat McCrory addressing immigration identification and sanctuary cities.

The demonstrators entered the roadway at 4 p.m., urged on by a crowd on the sidewalk that grew to over 200, angry with McCrory’s action Wednesday. The six interlocked their hands inside pieces of long plastic piping, shackled their legs and sat down.

The law the Republican governor signed prohibits government officials from accepting certain consulate ID cards to determine identity and bars local governments from approving policies preventing a person from being asked their immigration status.

Dozens of Raleigh and state officers converged on the block, diverted traffic and waited for equipment. It took an hour to cut through the piping and handcuff each demonstrator. Traffic was reopened at 7 p.m.

A Raleigh police spokesman didn’t immediately provide the names of those arrested and the expected charges.

The Southeast Immigrant Rights Network and United We Dream, two of the organizing groups, identified the six. They included Angeline Echeverria, executive director of El Pueblo in Raleigh and other immigrants living in North Carolina. The groups described one of the other five as a “young, undocumented mother.”

State policies like the one McCrory passed “are making it harder for immigrant families to raise their families in North Carolina and live life with dignity,” Echeverria said from the street.

Protesters on the sidewalks yelled “Pat McCrory shame on you” in English and referenced the governor in chants delivered in Spanish.

Law supporters say consulate cards are unreliable and are favored by those in the country illegally.

McCrory was holding a signing ceremony for another bill late Thursday in Robeson County.

In a statement responding to the protests, McCrory said individuals who arrive in the U.S. in a legal manner and follow laws are “a blessing to our state and a blessing to our country. We want to continue that strength of our great country, but in doing so we must follow the law.”

Near-daily rallies had been held across from the mansion this month urging McCrory to veto the measure approved by the Republican-led General Assembly.

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