Vermont Congressional delegation worried by Border Patrol checkpoint plans

The three members of the Vermont congressional delegation said Tuesday that they were concerned by a US Border Patrol plan to set up immigration checkpoints in the interior of the state, far from the Canadian border.

In a statement, US Senators Patrick Leahy, a Democrat, and independent Bernie Sanders, and Democratic US Representative Peter Welch said that they appreciated the work the Border Patrol does to stop dangerous criminal behavior on the border, but that they don’t think checkpoints would make Vermont or the United States safer. Rather, they say, the checkpoints would cause needless delays for travelers and hinder commerce between Vermont and Canada.