MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Advocates are asking Vermont lawmakers to postpone enforcing a revised policing policy that they are saying may just make immigrants much less most probably to search police in emergencies.
Migrant Justice organizer Will Lambek informed lawmakers final week the gang believes the state’s Fair and Impartial Policing Policy represents a “significant loss of protections” for immigrants. He says the policy will lead to extra collaboration between native legislation enforcement and federal deportation brokers.
The state Criminal Justice Training Council voted unanimously to approve the revised policy in December. Assistant Attorney General David Scherr, who helped draft the policy, says the Department of Justice threatened to withhold federal investment if it wasn’t up to date.
Senate lawmakers are scheduled to talk about pushing again the policy’s March 1 implementation this week.