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Police to discuss immigration policy

MIDDLEBURYIn September 2007, the Middlebury Selectboard unanimously adopted a policy for police procedure regarding illegal foreign nationals such as Mexican migrant workers who are in the U.S. illegally. This policy was developed by Middlebury Police Chief Tom Hanley on his own initiative, who then brought it to the selectboard. Hanleys policy strives to be fair and equitable in the interest of public safety. However, some Addison County residents disagree with the controversial policy noting that federal laws against hiring and sheltering illegal immigrants are not being enforced by local authorities. On Thursday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Middlebury, Hanley and Middlebury Selectman Craig Bingham will be joined by Vermont s recently appointed Commissioner of Public Safety Tom Tremblay to discuss both Middleburys town policy and state police policy regarding illegal foreign nationals statewide. This panel discussion is free and open to the public. The panel is part of an eight-program series organized to complement the documentary exhibition The Golden Cage: Mexican Migrant Workers and Vermont Dairy Farmers, on display at the Vermont Folklife Centers Vision and Voice Documentary Workspace through Dec. 18. The Golden Cage gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Vermont Folklife Center is located at 88 Main St.in Middlebury. To view images from The Golden Cage exhibit and for more information about its related programming, visit the centers website at www.vermontfolklifecenter.org or call 802-388-4964.

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