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Several, including state senator, at immigration protest

They were protesting a company they say has profited off of detention centers.

A Minnesota state senator was among 8 people arrested in a protest in Bloomington against the separation of immigrant families and the use of detention facilities.

The protest on Friday saw demonstrators target General Dynamics, an aerospace and defense company they say has links to centers that have held migrant children after they have been separated from their families.

Among those arrested was Democratic state Sen. Patricia Torres Ray, who is running for the DFL's nomination in Minnesota's 5th Congressional district.

Around 100 people protested outside the company's office at 8800 Queen Avenue South, locking themselves in cages as part of the demonstration.

They were eventually arrested for trespassing when they refused to leave.

"I will fight for justice no matter how large the challenge may seem," Torres wrote on Twitter. "That is what we have to do to preserve our democracy and our MNValues."

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Take Action Minnesota, and Navigate Minnesota were among the organizations involved in the protests.

General Dynamics told the Associated Press it has since 2000 provided support services to unaccompanied minors through the Office of Refugee Resettlement since 2000, and has played no role in the separation of migrants families or operation of detention centers.

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