Immigration agents are cracking down on Vermont farmworkers. Yesterday morning, undercover agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested Migrant Justice leader Miguel Alcudia. One of many Vermont immigrant dairy workers targeted by ICE in recent months, Miguel was arrested after agents staked out his farm and followed him as he drove to the bank to deposit a hard-earned paycheck.
Miguel’s case is part of a wave of ICE arrests of dairy workers in the state. Earlier this year, another high profile Migrant Justice leader, Victor Diaz, was detained by ICE. In Victor’s case, the community mobilized to defend him: protests were held around the state and nearly 3,000 people from across the country signed a petition calling for his release. Though his case continues, Victor was set free and is today back in his community in Vermont. Now, with Miguel behind bars, we must do the same.