Vermont announces new bias-free policy regarding immigration status

Vermont announces new bias-free policy regarding immigration status

"Gov. Peter Shumlin and the Department of Public Safety today announced a revised policy to strengthen bias-free policing to include direction regarding immigration status.  The new policy states that Vermont State Police troopers should not try to identify people whose only suspected violation is that they are present in the United States without proper documentation, but also makes it clear that officers should continue to investigate suspected criminal activity. The policy includes special provisions relating to law enforcement near the Canadian border, authorizing troopers to take actions concerning unlawful border crossings in progress, as well as to call for support from federal authorities when required to protect officer or public safety. ... Read the policy here." - Gov. Peter Shumlin, State of Vermont, Nov. 4, 2011.