About 30 people were arrested by US Border Patrol agents Monday during a demonstration in San Diego near the Mexican border.
Between 300 and 400 people marched down the beach to the southwestern area of the US Border Campaign State Park to demand protection for migrants and their right to seek asylum, according to the newspaper The San Diego Union-Tribune.
The protest was organized by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), which launched for a week a national action called "Love ignores borders: a moral call for immigration justice."
When the protesters reached the police area, they were stopped by a row of Border Patrol agents against riots. At least 30 people were arrested for non-violent actions in support of immigrant caravans, the group said on its Facebook page.
However, border police spokesman Theron Francisco was quoted as saying that 32 people were arrested during the initiative.
The US border patrol stopped traffic on November 25 in a busy passage between San Diego and the Mexican city of Tijuana, where thousands of migrants crowd into makeshift shelters to apply for asylum in the US. The border control agency mentioned using tear gas and pepper spray after some migrants attacked the security forces with rocks.