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CT GOP candidates weigh Trump’s plan for immigration crackdown

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump plans to announce a sweeping border crackdown this week, days before the mid-term elections, in a “red meat” speech aimed at firing up the GOP base. While that speech may help GOP candidates in other states, a tough approach to immigration is likely to provide less of a boost to Republican candidates in Connecticut,  although some embrace the plan. Continue Reading →

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Line of immigrants seeking citizenship grows as feds grapple with backlog

More immigrants in Connecticut are applying for citizenship, creating a backlog that has led the federal government to send some applicants to New York to process their cases. Advocates say the backlog is, in part, caused by a deliberate slowdown aimed at discouraging new citizens from joining the ranks of fellow Americans. Continue Reading →

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CT sues DOJ over immigration conditions on policing grant money

WASHINGTON – Connecticut on Wednesday joined five other states in suing to block the Justice Department for its efforts to punish so-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions by putting immigration-related conditions on federal policing grants. Connecticut would lose more than $1.7 million in Byrnes crime-fighting grants if it does not comply with the conditions. Continue Reading →

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Attorneys hope Connecticut immigration case becomes national model

Attorneys representing two immigrant children who were reunited with their parents in Connecticut said on Tuesday they hope the cases serve as a model for potential lawsuits by other families that were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border under the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy. Continue Reading →

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Federal prosecutor: two immigrant children in Connecticut to be reunited with parents

Two immigrant children currently detained in Connecticut are being reunited with their parents after they were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, a federal prosecutor said Monday. Continue Reading →

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DeLauro bid to help immigrant children gets bipartisan support

WASHINGTON – With bipartisan support, a key House panel adopted two measures sponsored by Rep. Rosa DeLauro aimed at pressing the Trump administration to improve its reunification of immigrant families separated at the U.S. border and boost funding for a mental health program that would help the children recover from the separations.  Continue Reading →

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Federal judge delays decision on reuniting children with parents in immigration case

The hearing for the two children took place in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut in Bridgeport before a full courtroom including immigrant rights protesters and activists. The father and mother of the two plaintiffs watched the hearing in blue jumpsuits via teleconference from a cinderblock room in a detention facility in Texas. Continue Reading →

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‘I just want to tell my son I love him’

LOS FRESNOS, Texas — Calling from an unreliable phone at the Port Isabel Detention Center, her voice sounds muffled, and far away. To be understood, she needs to keep repeating herself. For her to hear the person calling, they need to yell. Blanca wishes more than anything else that it was her two daughters, ages 6 and 14, on the other end of the line. But she hasn’t spoken to them since they were separated at the border, after a long journey from Honduras. Continue Reading →

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