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VERMONT IS NOT A SANCTUARY STATE


Illegal Immigration
Vermont Public Television, 12/20/07

According to recent statistics, at least 2,500 illegal aliens are now living and working in Vermont. The stateís agriculture industry relies more and more on labor from undocumented workers. On the homeland security front, Vermont is a gateway to the U.S. from Canada, where al Qaeda has been known to support cells. This installment of Public Square looks at Vermontís current approach to issues surrounding illegal immigration.
The local face of immigration reform
County Courier, 10/8/07

FRANKLIN COUNTY: Once a world away from local barnyards, hints of changes to the federal immigration policy are watched keenly these days by rural Vermont dairy farmers.

With reliance on Hispanic immigrant labor now a fundamental reality on many Vermont dairy farms, recent Bush administration proposals and their potential ramifications have not gone unnoticed, even with one of the most contentious changes being temporarily blocked by a federal judge.

On Aug. 10, the Bush administration announced a series of immigration rule changes, including one seeking increased criminal prosecution and fines against employers of suspected illegal immigrants. The rule toughens an existing law centered on documentation and social security numbers for new workers.

In early September, three weeks after the new rule was announced and two weeks before it was to go into effect, a federal judge granted a temporary restraining order to stop it. The rule is on hold at least until Oct. 1, at which point the pending lawsuit - filed by labor union group the AFL-CIO and the American Civil Liberties Union - could go to trial.
Vermont Fights for Immigrant Dairy Workers
by John Dillon for the NPR, 8/8/06

Thousands of the farm workers on Vermont's dairy farms are there illegally. Dairy farm workers don't qualify for a guest-worker program that allows foreigners to enter the U.S. for seasonal jobs. Farmers and state politicians say that Washington's policy hurts the state's dairy industry. From Vermont Public Radio, John Dillon reports.

On Aug. 10, the Bush administration announced a series of immigration rule changes, including one seeking increased criminal prosecution and fines against employers of suspected illegal immigrants. The rule toughens an existing law centered on documentation and social security numbers for new workers.

In early September, three weeks after the new rule was announced and two weeks before it was to go into effect, a federal judge granted a temporary restraining order to stop it. The rule is on hold at least until Oct. 1, at which point the pending lawsuit - filed by labor union group the AFL-CIO and the American Civil Liberties Union - could go to trial.
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