California farmworkers tell ICE to get out of town

Welcome to McFarland, California—a farm town where around half of the 15,000 residents are undocumented immigrants, many of whom work in vineyards, as well as almond, pistachio and citrus orchards. They’re also the kind of people who could end up behind bars, if the local private prison gets converted into an ICE detention center. As we’ve reported, the authorities can have chilling effects on immigrant communities, particularly when the local economy depends on them. Which is why, as Miriam Jordan reports in The New York Times, residents are fighting back—and organizing to keep ICE out of McFarland.

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