New Rutland mayor prioritizes transparency for restarted refugee program

By   /  March 8, 2017  /  Federal Government, Immigration, Issues, News, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

Rutland, Vermont could see its Syrian refugee program start up again as Trump removes the permanent ban from his revised immigration order signed Monday.

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Rutland voters unseat secretive mayor after year-long refugee fight

By   /  March 7, 2017  /  Accountability, Immigration, Issues, News, Open Records, Politics & Elections, Power Abuse, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Voters ousted controversial Mayor Chris Louras after a year of turmoil stemming from his secret plan to make Rutland a permanent refugee resettlement community.

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Top immigration expert: Vermont policy qualifies as ‘sanctuary’

By   /  March 6, 2017  /  Immigration, Issues, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

A top legal expert says Vermont’s proposed enforcement of “Fair and Impartial Policing” policies would qualify the state as a sanctuary jurisdiction.

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Rutland mayoral candidates debate economic policy, refugees in final appeal to voters

By   /  March 2, 2017  /  Immigration, Issues, Jobs + Growth, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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“This community will be defined by the election on Tuesday,” says Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras.

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Hiding illegal resident identities from police could cost Vermont federal funds

By   /  February 27, 2017  /  Federal Government, Immigration, Issues, News, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

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State law enforcement is typically not allowed to ask or investigate a person or suspect’s immigration status.

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Visa-investor program delivers for Dallas

By   /  February 27, 2017  /  Immigration, News, Texas  /  No Comments

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But an attorney says the exclusive arrangement unfairly monopolizes public funds.

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