Vermont lawmakers continue to grapple with state’s Fair and Impartial Policing policy

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Vermont lawmakers continue to grapple with a national issue, immigration.

The Senate Committee on Government Operations heard testimony Wednesday on Vermont’s Fair and Impartial Policing policy.

Members of the human rights advocacy group Migrant Justice were on

The hearing comes on the heels of 14 undocumented workers being detained in Colchester last week by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.

Migrant Justice says it hopes to shed light on the policy’s inefficiencies .

“In my case I was arrested by ICE after the Vermont DMV provided them with my information and so we will be talking about these issues and how they relate to the state’s fair and impartial policing policy,” said Enrique Balcazar, Migrant Justice member facing deportation proceedings.

The sate’s current policy was adopted last year. It clarifies the circumstances in which officers can consider personal characteristics or immigration status when making law enforcement decisions.

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