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Organizers Expect High Turnout For Williston ICE Protest

Protesters outside of the ICE complex in Williston. The agency operates a tip call center out of the facility that gets call from all over the country.
Liam Elder-Connors
Protesters outside the Homeland Security facility in June, 2018.

Sponsors predict as many as 1,000 attendees at an immigration policy protest set for Sunday afternoon in Williston.

The march has 60 co-sponsors, and a broad objective. Rachel Siegel, executive director of the Peace And Justice Center, said organizers hope to get Vermonters activated about federal policies at the Mexican border.

"I also think we need to be putting pressure on our Congressional delegation, because they are the ones voting for funds that are expanding ICE's reach and the detention centers," she said.

The march is scheduled to begin at Vermont Technical College in Williston at 3 p.m. and will conclude at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Law Enforcement Support Center, a half mile away. The center employs deportation officers who help coordinate enforcement actions nationwide, according to the ICE website.

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