State of Vermont Archives: on Immigration


David Zuckerman: Immigrants & refugees welcome in Vermont

Vermont has welcomed immigrants since before we were a state. In 1989, Vermont joined a federal refugee resettlement program and since then more than 7,000 men, women, and children have resettled here and now call Vermont home. New Americans can help us address our shortage of workers, but they are also creative entrepreneurs who can start new businesses in our state. We will examine barriers for new Americans and work with them to ensure they have access to the tools and support they need.
Source: 2020 Vermont governor campaign website ZuckermanForVT.com Apr 3, 2020

Eddie Melton: Stopped sharing info with immigration authorities in 2017

The Vermont governor's office says the state's Department of Motor Vehicles stopped sharing facial recognition information with federal immigration authorities more than two years ago. A spokeswoman for Republican Gov. Phil Scott said the state stopped sharing the information in May 2017, after Scott, who took office earlier that year, was made aware of it.
Source: NBC-5 coverage of 2020 Vermont Gubernatorial race Jul 8, 2019

Lawrence Zupan: Stronger immigration controls; enforcement essential

When discussing border security, Zupan attempts to illustrate his view by equating border security with individuals locking their doors when they go home at night. He said enforcing the border is an essential activity of any sovereign nation, and that means strengthening, not eliminating,U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "Eliminating ICE is a precursor to eliminating the borders," he said. "Without borders, this is not even a country."
Source: True North Reports on 2018 Vermont Senate race Aug 10, 2018

Keith Stern: Supports Trump's crack down on undocumented immigrants

In the first debate in his bid for re-election, Gov. Scott stepped into a community TV studio with his sole challenger in the upcoming Republican primary, Keith Stern. The two candidates diverged on their approach to immigration. While Stern supports President Donald Trump's recent efforts to crack down on undocumented immigrants, Scott said he supports legal immigration and the cities and towns in Vermont that want to take in more refugees. "We need more people in Vermont," he said.
Source: VTDigger.org on 2018 Vermont Gubernatorial race Jul 25, 2018

Scott Milne: No immigrant benefits; no DREAMers; no amnesty

Q: Should illegal immigrants have access to government-subsidized healthcare?

Scott Milne: No

Q: Should children of illegal immigrants be granted legal citizenship?

Scott Milne: No

Q: Should working illegal immigrants be given temporary amnesty?

Scott Milne: No

Source: iSideWith.com Voter Guide on 2016 Vermont Senate race Sep 9, 2016

Scott Milne: Opposed to the EB-5 program due to poor regulation in VT

In October 2009, Milne traveled to China and South Korea with then-governor Jim Douglas, Stenger and other Vermont business leaders to meet with potential EB-5 investors. At the time, Milne was considering raising money through the program for his proposed Quechee Highlands development project, which has been stalled for years by land-use regulators. Milne returned sounding enthusiastic about EB-5, though he ultimately opted against taking part in the program. "To me, it is the perfect storm of government policy capturing the best of entrepreneurial spirit," he told the Valley News a week after returning from Asia. Milne's tune has since changed. He said that federal officials who established EB-5 had been "naive" and "showed a lack of 'business 101" because they failed to "audit money coming in and out" of approved projects. Asked to explain his evolving position, Milne claimed that Vermont's regulation of EB-5 projects had been stronger back in 2009 when he traveled to China & Korea
Source: SevenDaysVT.com on 2016 Vermont Senate race May 9, 2016

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2020 Presidential contenders on Immigration:
  Democrats running for President:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

2020 Third Party Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (L-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Howard Schultz(I-WA)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
Republicans running for President:
Sen.Ted Cruz(R-TX)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich(R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence(R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)

2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
Sen.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
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