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A non profit that offers legal services to seasonal workers is concerned about the treatment of migrant blueberry pickers who were taken into custody Tuesday evening near New Era.
Armed officers in unmarked vehicles surrounded the Bakery Agricultural Labor Camp on 90th Street.
He believes nine men and one woman were taken away in handcuffs. The workers were in Oceana County to pick blueberries. The man says the officers wouldn’t identify what agency they worked for, and didn’t have arrest warrants for those who were taken from the camp.
“They do not have to let ICE into their home,” says Hillary Scholten, an attorney with the nonprofit Michigan Immigrant Rights Center. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Scholten is also concerned about the timing of what she calls a raid. It happens just as seasonal workers in Oceana County conclude the difficult work to harvest the state’s blueberry crop.