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Voters to determine Vermont town’s immigration policy

September 4, 2019

HARTFORD, Vt. (AP) — The fate of a Vermont town’s immigration policy will now be in the hands of voters.

The Hartford Selectboard decided on Tuesday to let voters determine whether to adopt an ordinance restricting town employees, including police officers, from sharing information about a person’s immigration or citizenship status with federal immigration authorities.

The decision has been a subject of intense public debate in Harford since June, but there remains disagreement among board members over what exactly voters would cast ballots on.

Town Manager Brannon Godfrey says the current version of the ordinance does not include the savings clause, which would limit the scope of repeal of prior statues. Immigration rights activists say the clause would weaken the document.

The article will be put before voters on March 3, 2020.

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