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Criminal Justice Council to decide on fair and impartial policing policy

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Deep disagreements continue over how Vermont law enforcement should interact with federal authorities when it comes to the immigration status of those they come in contact with. Despite years of efforts to carve out protections, advocates say undocumented immigrants are still at risk of being turned in by local and state cops.

Vermont in 2016 implemented a fair and impartial policing policy aimed at prohibiting state and local law enforcement from questioning a person’s immigration status and involving the feds in their investigations. The policy was amended in 2017 after the Trump administration threatened to withhold federal funding. But groups like Migrant Justice say the amended policy created several loopholes that they want to close.

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