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Vt. farmworkers say had good meeting with gov

October 17, 2011

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BURLINGTON, Vt.—A small group of Vermont farmworkers and their supporters say they had a good meeting with Gov. Peter Shumlin and his lawyer to discuss immigration issues and ways to modify policing policies when it comes to the workers.

Natalia Fajardo of the Vermont Migrant Farmworker Solidarity Project says neither the governor nor his legal counsel made specific promises, but the workers are looking forward to "keeping the conversation open."

The Burlington Free Press ( http://bit.ly/nlCOv8) says 10 farmworkers and their supporters met Friday with Shumlin's legal counsel Beth Robinson for more than an hour. Shumlin attended for about 20 minutes.

The meeting was prompted by a Sept. 13 traffic stop by state police that led to the arrest of two Mexican farmworkers on charges of being illegal immigrants.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com