BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — “When workers rights are under attack, what we do?,” shouts one person into a megaphone. The reply for the few dozen marching – “Stand up, fight back“.
Among those leading the group – three undocumented workers who were rounded up by federal agents during raids. The three workers appeared for meetings with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials Tuesday morning.
The workers reporting for this meeting were among the 25 arrested during raids at four local restaurants – La Davina, El Agave, Don Tequila and Agave.
“All of a sudden agents broke in, police officers broke in, they told them to get on the floor. they came with guns and dogs,” said Carlos Rojas translating for Antonio Robles, a cook at La Davina “They raided the place; cuffed them for over two hours. He just doesn’t understand why that happened to them. They were just at work.”
Rally participants are calling for the workers to be treated fairly and asking the immigration officials to be lenient.
“It really indignates [sp] me that my hometown is doing this to people who really just want to work and provide for their families,” said Meghan Maloney de Zaldivar, one of the rally organizers. “These people do not deserve to be in the shadows and be so afraid to exist in our communities.”