The protest was called by the Virginia Immigrant Peoples Coalition and included participation by students from nearby Virginia Commonwealth University.
The raid was the third to take place in Virginia in the past two months. Fifty-nine workers were arrested at a resort hotel in Leesburg on April 8, and 43 at a construction site in Manassas in March. In the Richmond raid, 29 men and 4 women from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru were arrested for immigration violations.
A worker originally from Honduras, who asked that his name not be printed, said that his brother had been arrested in the raid. I havent heard anything from him since, he said. They completely surrounded the site and people started running. They said they were looking for three workers charged with crimes, but instead they made everyone go meet on the second floor and they started arresting people. A U.S. worker helped some of us climb into the ceiling. We stayed in the air vents all day long until they were gone.
Most of those arrested are being detained in jails in Hampton Roads and Virginia Beach, according to Aaron Samsel of the Virginia Immigrant Peoples Coalition.
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