Take Action: Call-in to stop deportations

Farmworkers and Migrant Justice supporters recently packed a State House hearing to call for a robust and fully implemented Fair and Impartial Policing Policy that keeps Vermont police out of the business of deportation.

Speaking to legislators, farmworker leader Olga declared “The only wall that should be built is the wall between police and immigration.”

Olga was one of many farmworkers who braved icy roads and heavy snow to testify about the harm caused when local police choose to collaborate with federal immigration officials.

VPR coverage of the hearing highlights powerful testimony from farmworkers directly affected by inadequate policies from police departments and obstructionism from the Attorney General’s Office.

Despite a legal mandate, police departments across the state have failed to implement the current Fair and Impartial Policing Policy or provide adequate required trainings. What’s more, the policy itself was watered down to include loopholes allowing for continued collaboration with immigration officials. Instead of committing to lead the way with strong policy that would protect everyone, Vermont’s Attorney General says that his hands are tied by Trump.  

Because of the powerful farmworker testimony and widespread outrage at Vermont police doing ICE’s bidding, there is real momentum for the legislature to step in and hold police accountable.  Elected officials are considering amendments to the current law that would build the needed firewall between local cops and the feds by strengthening policy and ensuring compliance.

This morning, the House Judiciary Committee will hear from representatives of the police and Attorney General. We need to send a clear message to the committee that the collaboration between Vermont police and deportation agents must end.

Call the Vermont State House at 802-828-2228, to leave a message for House Judiciary Committee Chair Maxine Grad:

"Please listen to affected communities and provide the leadership needed to end Vermont police collaboration with federal immigration agents."

You will be asked for your name and town of residence, and the messages will be hand-delivered to Chairwoman Grad throughout the day.  Call today if you can, the sooner the better!