Advocates for Vermont minorities say a number of bills are piecemeal, flawed, and drafted without enough consultation from the communities they aim to protect.
The governor said the U.S. attorney general “had not done his homework” before declaring the state may be out of compliance on immigration enforcement.
The author recounts Carlos’ terrifying journey over the Mexican border, his adjustment to Vermont’s bitter winters and his determination to save money for his family back home.
Leaders said the new law limiting involvement in enforcement shouldn’t trigger federal threats to pull funding. “If there’s an objection, let’s have a conversation about it,” the state attorney general said.
Some questioned whether the bill contradicted a letter from the state attorney general’s office issued as towns prepared to consider limiting local involvement in immigration enforcement.
Republicans split during debate over the legislation, which the Senate passed. It is the “right thing for us as Vermonters to do,” said Democratic Rep. Chip Conquest.
Being a sanctuary city or state — passing laws prohibiting hospitals, schools, or police from inquiring about immigration status, for instance — is, like S.79, politically positive but largely symbolic.
The federal partnership is separate from the types of programs addressed by legislation on immigration enforcement, says the state public safety chief. But some see a risk of police overreach.
Gov. Phil Scott recognized a challenge to his own constitutional authority and the conflict a registry had with our state’s heritage.
Vermont’s Democratic attorney general says he wavered before agreeing to visit the White House and see President Trump — but he drew the line at having his photo taken with the president.
The president’s orders did little to solve the challenge of protecting us from terrorists and had many adverse consequences.
For all the enthusiasm (and intense if minimal opposition) it has generated, S.79, the Scott administration’s immigration bill, doesn’t do much.
Senate Republicans unanimously backed Gov. Scott, while House Republicans appear split on the immigration bill the governor is supporting.
Some described it as a statement of unity, while another senator talked of constitutional issues. The House GOP leader said support won’t be so strong there.