Vermont Immigrant Advocates Question Policing Policy Change

Dec 7, 2017

Vermont immigrant advocates say they're concerned a pending change to a state policy on how police work with immigrants could make it less likely immigrants will seek out police in emergencies. But Republican Governor Phil Scott said Thursday he doesn't believe the state is in danger of losing funding.

The Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and the advocacy group Migrant Justice say their officials have been working for months on revising the state's Fair and Impartial Policing policy with the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council.

The groups say the revisions to the existing policy, due to be voted on next week, are due in part to concerns the Trump administration could withhold grants from cities and states that have "sanctuary" policies.

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