The LAPD arrested eight protesters after dozens of people blocked streets in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday morning as part of a peaceful demonstration. Protesters were calling for the Obama administration to reform immigration policy and stop deportation raids.

As part of the protest, demonstrators locked arms and laid down on the street, blocking traffic.

Due to growing unrest in Central America, many have fled to the United States seeking relief only to sent back by deportation efforts.

Angela Samrano, one of the protesters, says the Obama administration should be protecting these immigrants, not deporting them.

"They're risking arrest," Samrano said. "We don't know if they're going to get arrested, but the point is that we're making a strong statement and that's what we want to do."

Experts will gather tomorrow to discuss the implications of the Obama administration's policy regarding the Central American immigrants.

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