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Welch Statement on DOJ Decision to Withhold Federal Law Enforcement Grants

November 16, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) issued the following statement in response to a decision by the U.S. Department of Justice to initiate punitive measures against the State of Vermont and the City of Burlington related to immigration.

“This decision is a slap in the face to Burlington, the State of Vermont and law enforcement agencies across our state. It is a blatant attempt by the Attorney General to strong-arm state and local governments in this country to fall in line with the Trump Administration’s offensive anti-immigrant policies. The courts should block this heavy-handed and punitive decision.”