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Immigration protesters block traffic on Golden Gate bridge, demand ‘pathway to citizenship’

Immigration protesters stopped traffic on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge for more than 30 minutes Thursday morning, urging Congress to pass a citizenship bill through the budget reconciliation process.

“Immigrant communities cannot wait another 20 years of failed promises. An inclusive pathway to citizenship would boost the U.S. economy. As the Center for American Progress reports, a pathway to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented immigrants would increase U.S. gross domestic product by a cumulative total of $1.7 trillion over 10 years, create 438,800 new jobs, and increase wages for undocumented and American workers. The time to deliver economic justice, climate justice, and citizenship for all is now,” the SFist reported. 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: Protesters block northbound traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA. Thursday, September 30, 2021 during a demonstration demanding Congress grant a pathway to citizenship for the country's 11 million undocumented people. (Jessica Christian/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Protesters block northbound traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA. Thursday, September 30, 2021 during a demonstration demanding Congress grant a pathway to citizenship for the country’s 11 million undocumented people. (Jessica Christian/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)
(essica Christian/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: Protesters block northbound traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA. Thursday, September 30, 2021 during a demonstration demanding Congress grant a pathway to citizenship for the country's 11 million undocumented people. (Jessica Christian/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Protesters block northbound traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA. Thursday, September 30, 2021 during a demonstration demanding Congress grant a pathway to citizenship for the country’s 11 million undocumented people. (Jessica Christian/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)
(essica Christian/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)

“For these reasons, we demand that Vice President Harris and top Democrats in Congress override the decision by the unelected Senate parliamentarian which excludes undocumented immigrants from the budget reconciliation process.”

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About 25 cars stopped traffic at around 7 a.m. on the bridge, and protesters delivered speeches from a bed of a truck and held banners reading, “Pass the $3.5 trillion spending bill,”  “Override the Parliamentarian,” “Kamala: Override the Parliamentarian,” and “Citizenship for All.”

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The protest came before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pulled a Senate-passed $1 trillion infrastructure bill from being voted on in the House late Thursday. Progressives in the Democratic Party flexed their power over the bill, sticking to their months-long vows to not vote on it without a simultaneous vote on a $3.5 trillion ​​social spending bill.

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Southbound traffic began moving on the bridge at about 7:30, while northbound traffic started moving at about 7:45. 

At least five people were arrested, , and four vehicles were towed during the protest.

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