Immigrant activists from Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont protested before the Suffolk Detention Center on Apr. 17. They chanted “No one more” and “Shut down ICE.” They waved to their incarcerated spouses or parents. Nineteen advocates were arrested after blocking the entrance of the jail in an urgent call for stopping deportation. Activists said they were not defending dangerous criminals but parents working hard to support their children a better life.
Like Victoriano Aguilera, many immigrants in Massachusetts didn’t commit a crime or only had minor offense on their record. But because of their undocumented status, they are living in the fear of being separated from their families by deportation.