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Vt. dairy farm worker detained by federal agents

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

There's a call for immigration reform after a dairy farm worker was reportedly detained by federal agents in Addison County.

Miguel Alcudia, originally from Mexico, was allegedly arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents Thursday in Vergennes.

Friends of Alcudia and members of Vermont's Migrant Justice Association gathered near the ICE headquarters in St. Albans to protest. They say ICE alleges that Alcudia's detainment was because his visa expired. Demonstrators walked to the door of the Vermont ICE headquarters attempting to talk to ICE agents about Alcudia. No one talked to them at that time.

"Vermont wouldn't have a dairy industry without the lives and labor of our immigrant brothers and sisters. Yet they're targeted, they're harassed, they're surveilled, they're detained and deported. This is a violation of their human rights," said Will Lambek, Migrant Justice.

ICE provided the following statement: "ICE officers arrested Miguel Alcudia on Sept. 22 in Vergennes, Vermont, on charges he overstayed a lawful visit to the U.S. As a recent immigration violator, Mr. Alcudia is an ICE enforcement priority. He will be entered into removal (deportation) proceedings and will remain in ICE custody pending the outcome of those proceedings."

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