When it comes to working with, or perhaps manipulating, the immigration rules, Vermonters are clever, and/or lucky. This is the home state, after all, of the current ranking member and former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.); that's the committee that handles immigration matters.
We know that over the years Vermont has gotten quite substantial inputs of alien capital from the EB-5 immigrant investor program for its ski resorts, with a bare minimum of the scandals that beset that program elsewhere, such as in South Dakota.
While Vermont projects garner scores of millions of dollars from EB-5 investors, those aliens, largely rich Chinese, settle elsewhere in the United States.
Vermont not only does not get the rich EB-5 aliens, it does not get many of the low-income illegal aliens, either. As noted in an earlier posting, there were so few illegal aliens filing under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in the state that Vermont, alone among the 50 states, did not have enough of them to register on Homeland Security tallies.
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