Lawsuit says DMV continues to feed immigrant info to feds

Published: Jan. 2, 2019 at 12:02 PM EST
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A lawsuit filed by an immigrant rights group says the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles has forwarded information about immigrant farm workers to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Vermont Public Radio reports the suit, filed in November by the group Migrant Justice with the assistance of the American Civil Liberties Union, says some undocumented immigrants were targeted for deportation after they obtained Vermont drivers' licenses.

The suit cites documents that show DMV officials forwarded to ICE names, photos, car registrations, and other information on immigrants.

The ACLU's Lia Ernst says routine information sharing between the Vermont DMV and ICE was supposed to stop under a separate 2016 legal settlement.

Officials from the Vermont DMV and ICE declined to comment on the lawsuit. Republican Gov. Phil Scott says his office is investigating.

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