State, Local Policies Emerge on Illegal Immigrants

Sunday, 11 Dec 2011 12:02 PM

 

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MONTPELIER, Vt. — With more illegal immigrants moving beyond the border states and a lack of federal immigration reform, some states and communities are coming up with their own enforcement policies.

They range from crackdowns to a hands-off approach where police are prohibited from asking about immigration status.

Last month, Vermont's governor changed the state policing policy after two illegal immigrants who were passengers in a pickup truck were handed over to Border Patrol after a traffic stop. Now Vermont troopers will not ask about immigration status when investigating a civil violation, mainly traffic stops. But they can ask about it in investigations of criminal offenses or certain cases of suspicious activity.

The Massachusetts State Police have a similar policy, while states like Arizona and Alabama have tough new laws cracking down on illegal immigrants.

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