Sen. Paul Doyle, D-Wethersfield. Mark Pazniokas /
Sen. Paul Doyle, D-Wethersfield. Mark Pazniokas /

The Trump administration and its handling of immigrant children continued Wednesday to creep into Connecticut politics as Paul Doyle, a Democratic candidate for attorney general, urged the state’s three law schools to offer legal aid to immigrants facing deportation.

Doyle, a state senator competing with Rep. William Tong and Chris Mattei for the Democratic nomination to succeed Attorney General George Jepsen, said he would coordinate “an anti-deportation effort” by legal clinics at Yale, the University of Connecticut and Quinnipiac University.

“The Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents is morally and ethically repugnant. I want to do whatever we can from Connecticut to fight this abusive policy,” said Doyle, co-chair of the legislature’s Judiciary Committee. “We should enlist the best and brightest from our law schools to collaborate with the Office of Attorney General in their efforts in this important area.”

Jepsen was one of 20 attorneys general signing a letter Tuesday urging the Trump administration to cease its policy of separating parents from their children at the border. Under increasing pressure, Trump signed an executive order Wednesday afternoon ending the practice.

Susan Hatfield, a Republican candidate for attorney general, said Tuesday in an interview with New Haven Independent she supports Trump on immigration, including the separation policy.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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