Alan Sexton/Green Mountain Scribes
Burlington, VT— Vermont State Police discovered and turned over to the U.S. Border Patrol two suspected illegal aliens and apparently, Vermont governor Peter Shumlin (D) is not pleased with the efforts of police to abide by immigration law.
According to the Vermont State Police, the two subjects were passengers in a vehicle stopped by a trooper on September 13 for traveling at 88 mph in a 65 mph zone on Interstate 89 in the town of Middlesex. The driver provided valid identification and then later released with the possibility of a future civil citation.
However, during the course of the traffic stop police learned two passengers were allegedly residing illegally in the United States. Troopers contacted the U.S. Border Patrol and agents issued an Immigration Detainer requesting that the Vermont State Police detain the individuals until their arrival at the Middlesex Barracks.
The U.S. Border Patrol then took the subjects into custody and following a brief skirmish caused by several protestors transported the two to their facilities.
None of this appears to be sitting well with governor Shumlin, who said in an interview with WPTZ News’ Stewart Ledbetter “We kinda look the other way as much as we can and I just wanna make sure that that’s what we’re doin’”
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Responding to this situation and governor Shumlin’s remarks Vermont Republican Party Chairwoman Pat McDonald said, “The hard-working officers of the Vermont State Police took an oath to uphold the law. The Governor’s new policy of ‘look the other way’ may sound good to those that support illegal immigration, but it is not the appropriate guidance a sitting Governor should be giving to Vermont’s law enforcement community.”
Chairwoman McDonald further stated, “This is a difficult and emotional issue, and it demands leadership… and ‘look the other way’ is not leadership.”
According to the Vermont State Police, the Border Patrol later released the subjects with a Notice to Appear at a future date and according to various media reports governor Shumlin has ordered an internal investigation of the police.
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