Migrant group says farmworker detention violated policy

December 3, 2019

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont farmworker advocacy group says a sheriff’s deputy violated his department’s fair and impartial policing policy when he detained a farmworker and called federal immigration authorities.

Migrant Justice says the farmworker, 21-year-old Luis Ulloa, a Mexican citizen who is now in federal immigration detention, did nothing to warrant the attention of the deputy.

But Chittenden County Sheriff Kevin Mclaughlin says he believes his deputy acted properly in the Nov. 22 traffic stop in which the farmworker was a passenger in a speeding vehicle on Interstate 89 in South Burlington.

Migrant Justice advocates are planning to protest Tuesday outside the sheriff’s office in South Burlington.

Mclaughlin says the deputy checked the IDs of all occupants of the car because the driver did not have a license.