BURLINGTON, Vt.- A group of Vermont activists are speaking out, after their recent arrests during a protest in Williston.
The protest is calling for a shutdown of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility on Harvest Lane.
On Tuesday, the group gathered outside Chittenden County District Court in Burlington. It’s where 20 of them could face charges for their role in disrupting operation at the ICE facility during the initial protest in July.
“We did stop a shift change. We spent hours and hours in front of the ICE facility,” said Scarlett Moore, of Burlington.
The group was protesting the detainment and deportation of undocumented workers and family separation policies at the southern border.
“These are Vermonters. Hard working Vermonters. They do not get social security. They do not get any government assistance. They are only contributing to our tax base,” said Alex Fleischer, of Middlebury.
They’re also encouraging ICE employees at the Williston facility to leave their jobs.
“We cannot get caught up in this idea that these data processing jobs at the ICE facility are somehow neutral or are somehow good jobs for this state,” said Moore.
The group says seven people were detained at a McDonald’s in Hartford, Vermont last week.
“They are kidnapping people. They are detaining people. They are holding people in inhumane conditions,” said Joanna Colwell, of Middlebury.
Local 22 & Local 44 News reached out to ICE about the reported detainments. But they couldn’t say anything because we don’t know their names.
Moving forward, the group is planning even more demonstrations and rallies.
“They’re neighbors. You know the folks who just want to work alongside them and make a living. They are the ones being detained. Let’s stand up for them,” said Julie Conason, of Salisbury.
The group is scheduled to hold a rally in Hartford Wednesday.