The Vermont Senate overwhelmingly advanced a bill on Friday that
would give driver’s licenses to immigrants who are in the country
illegally. The bill would create what are described as drivers’ authorization
cards that would look different from
a regular state license.
One student arriving at Dartmouth College this week
feels especially happy – and lucky – to be there. Daniela Pelaez is an undocumented
immigrant who came to this country with her parents from Colombia when she was four.
This week Vermont became the latest state to have the federal government implement the Secure Communities program, raising questions and concerns about how it would affect law enforcement and immigrants in the state.
A federal immigration program that promotes information sharing between local
law enforcement and the FBI was rolled out Tuesday in Vermont, leaving Maine as the only state in the nation that hasn’t yet launched Secure Communities.
The Vermont State Police’s new "bias-free policing policy" for dealing with illegal immigration is intended to
make the rules more clear both for police officers and people whose status in this country may be questioned. But there are still gray areas.