Thursday, January 18th

Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces de la Frontera, discusses the arrests of two dairy workers during a news conference and protest outside of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement field headquarters in Milwaukee.(Photo: Bill Glauber / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Two dairy workers were detained by immigration authorities at separate farms in Washington County Friday, an immigrant rights group said.

Voces de la Frontera identified the men as Agustin Aguirre Villa and Firo Jesus Gamboa Hernandez and demanded their release.

A spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the agency is not raiding dairy farms. She said officers were looking specifically for the individuals.

The men are married and both have two United States-born children, according to Voces de la Frontera Executive Director Christine Neumann-Ortiz. She led a news conference and protest outside the ICE field office in Milwaukee.

Neumann-Ortiz said Hernandez has been a farm worker for six years and worked at a farm in the Town of Farmington while Villa has lived in the United States for 12 years and has been a dairy manager for nine years.