Leahy: Vermont to receive withheld federal grants


    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy says approximately $2.3 million in U.S. Department of Justice grants that have been withheld from Vermont over an immigration policy dispute with the Trump administration will be released.

    Leahy, a Democrat, says the grants for public safety needs and to fight the opioid epidemic were withheld due to Trump's policies regarding so-called sanctuary cities.

    Vermont Public Safety Commissioner Tom Anderson said Monday that the Justice Department concluded that Vermont State Police fully comply with the requirements of federal law. The Justice Department didn't respond to an email seeking comment after hours.

    Anderson says the legislature and state police, through its fair and impartial policing policy, "have always struck the correct balance between ensuring undocumented immigrants feel safe in reporting criminal activity while still recognizing Vermont's obligation to comply with federal law."

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