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Vermont DMV Settles Lawsuit over Helping ICE Deport Immigrant Activists

HeadlineJan 16, 2020

In Vermont, the Department of Motor Vehicles says it will change its policies and provide employees with anti-discrimination training, as part of a settlement with an immigrant rights group that says federal immigration officials used the DMV to crack down on politically active immigrants. Documents obtained by the ACLU and the group Migrant Justice revealed that Immigration and Customs Enforcement — ICE — used Vermont’s DMV to aid its enforcement efforts for years, dating back to the Obama administration, with DMV officials sending immigrants’ license plate information to ICE, along with personal documents, and indicating people they believed were undocumented. The DMV’s actions led to the deportation of leaders of the group Migrant Justice.

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