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Vermont Faith Group Adds Voice to Immigrant Discussion

Some Vermont faith communities are adding their voice to the discussion about immigrant farm workers in Vermont.

The Vermont Ecumenical Council and Bible Society, which is made up of eight Christian denominations, released a statement on Monday at the Statehouse calling for "just and fair actions" regarding immigrants who work on many of the state's dairy farms.

The group says it has a moral imperative to treat one another with dignity and infinite respect.

The group's president, Roy V. Hill, says immigrant workers are vital to Vermont, its farmers and its economy. He said they are valued members of God's whole family.

A committee of the Vermont Legislature is looking into whether the estimated 1,500 to 2,000 illegal immigrants working on Vermont farms should be allowed to obtain drivers' licenses.

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